Notes / Domino license question
Posted on 2004-10-27
IBM has written an email (below) telling us that the license agreement for Domino version 6 says that all clients must be on maintenance or they can not connect to version 6 Domino server.
We have a few hundred R5 clients connecting to a Domino version 6 server.
We don't have the money to keep the clients on maintenance and we don't need R6 clients. We are quite happy with upgrading a few users at a time by putting them on maitenance.
Question: Is this true or are they trying to squeeze us for more money. I would think this would be an issue for people going to version 6 on the server before updating their clients and IBM would not want to do this.
copy of email:
Lotus Notes and Domino are components of a traditional client/server environment. That means when upgrading one or the other, you need to have valid licenses for both. For example, if an organization chooses to upgrade their Domino servers from 5.0 to 6.0, then the organization will require Software Maintenance on both their Domino servers and their Notes (or Domino Web Access) clients to legally upgrade their servers. This is very clearly stated in the Domino server licensing text:
You are authorized to use the Program in accordance with the authorized use specified in the Proof of Entitlement for the Program. You must acquire a Proof of Entitlement for each central processing unit on each server hardware on which You install the Program. In addition, You must acquire one IBM Lotus Notes for Messaging CAL, IBM Lotus Domino Web Access for Messaging CAL, IBM Lotus Webmail for Messaging CAL, IBM Lotus Notes for Collaboration CAL, or IBM Lotus Domino Web Access for Collaboration CAL for each user with a unique Notes/Domino Web Access/Webmail ID that is issued by, or on behalf of, Your enterprise. The number of unique IDs required is measured by the total number of users who have "Authenticated Access".