Saturday, January 31, 2009

Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007 (MOSS) : Features and CALs.

Many of us, the SharePoint users, were surprised to find out that to use some SharePoint
features such as Excel services and electronic forms, we need to purchase per user
licenses called CALs, Client Access Licenses. So, here is what you should know about
MOSS licensing:

  • Windows SharePoint Services 3.0 (WSS) are server components, same as IIS among other server components. All you have to acquire is a license to use Windows server 2003 or 2008.

  • Watch out! Depending on what features you need and the number of users you have,
    MOSS may be very expensive. There are to versions: Standard end Enterprise and each
    version has its own CALs. To use Enterprise features, both Standard and Enterprise
    CALs must be purchased.

  • To use MOSS enterprise features such as “Business intelligence” and “Enterprise
    search”, you have to pay for per user licenses.

For more information:

- Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007 and Related Technologies pricing
- Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007 frequently asked questions
- Microsoft Office SharePoint Server: How to Buy

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