Win Server 2003 Licence at home

Posted on 2005-04-17
Last Modified: 2010-04-18
I am a home-based developer who shelled out for VS 2003.  Of course, you get a great box of MS Servers to try out.

I installed Windows Server 2003 on a box I intend to use as a file/print server.  Now I see that there is a licence to obtain.  Does this mean MicroSoft is going to want several hundreds or thousands of dollars?

Or should I just go back to Windows 2000 Advanced Server which doesn't demand a licence?

Question by:Glen Gibb
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    Well, of course there's a license to obtain. This is probably not what you want to hear, but you actually need a valid license for *any* server installation (including Windows 2000) you use; that includes installs in Virtual Server environment. Installing multiple servers using only a single license is a violation of the EULA.
    You can use the evaluation versions to start with, but if you earn your money developing applications for a Microsoft OS, you'll have to invest into the basics to make your business legal.
    What you might want to do is look into a MSDN subscription:
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    Assisted Solution

    Get the MS Action Pack -

    It contains suscription style licences for W2k3 Server, Exchange, SQL, Sharepoint, 10 copies of XP Pro, 10 copies of Office, yada yada, these are all internal use onyl versions - no time limits, but you have to stop using them if you don't renew the licence...

    The pricing used to be dirt cheap - $700 australian for 2 years, so figure on $500 US. I can't see it now, as it's hidden behind passport logins...

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    Assisted Solution

    You could also look at a TechNet Plus subscription. This has non-expiring evaluation editions of most of the Microsoft products - as long as you aren't putting these in to production use then you are valid to use them (but check the TechNet web site for the full details).


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    by:Glen Gibb
    Many thanks, Experts.


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