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Sharepoint Services Licensing WSS


Have a question regarding Microsofts licensing for WSS.

A company has a SBS 2003 Server with Sharepoint Services, and want to allow external contacts, such as a customer to log in to a shared website to exchange documents.

How is this licensed? Is this allowed? The normal thing todo is to create a AD user account and let users log in...

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Sharepoint Services comes free with Windows 2003 Server and as such I can't imagine that there is any problem with what you are trying to achieve (as long as you have a licensed copy of Windows 2003 server).

Sharepoint Portal is the 'add on' software and there is a cost associated, although there is a 120 day trial available.

I'm thinking that this is actually what you mean because I don't think Sharepoint Services can cater for Internets (just Intranets). The case that you cite is exactly what Sahrepoint Portal is designed for (clients, customers logging in to view sensitive information) and I'm sure that there is unlimited scope for users to connect via the Internet - its very hard to control how many users there are besides anything else!
Technically, you would need a CAL for each concurrent connection (in Per Seat licensing mode) or each user (Per Device licencing mode). Each of these users would need a Windows (AD or local server) user account to get access to the Sharepoint site, unless you make it open to the whole world (anonymous access).
Clever_Bob, you can easily use WSS for Internet publications. Only if you need a more logically structured site do you need SPS.

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