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Licensing questions about SBS 2003

Posted on 2007-03-26
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I've shied away from Microsoft licensing because it seemed complex.  But looking at:

http://www.microsoft.com/windowsserver2003/sbs/howtobuy/pricing.mspx

it shows just 3 types of software license - FPP, open, open with SA.  There's also OEM, at least for the OS (is there an OEM CAL?).  Anyway, this page seems to summarize things easliy - open's (only?) benefit is the electronic license?  Yes there's transferability, like FPP, which you don't have with OEM.  But is that it?

I thought there were more advantages?  But at least on this page, open is cheaper than FPP.  Why would someone buy FPP then?  convenience?  It's easier to order from buy.com vs a LVR.

SA gets lots more benefits, but adds to the cost.  

OEM seems like the simplist - buy it with the server and be done with it?  Yeah, you can't transfter it, and yeah, you have the paper license, but you have $$ in your pocket?
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Yes there is an OEM CAL for SBS. THis can only be installed on a new server.

FPP is the box you would buy from a department store, that nobody uses unless they arent buying enough to qualify for volume licencing.

Open, Open with SA, and many others all fall under volume licencing, this is an absolute minefiled, the best thign to do for clairification is to ring microsoft (numbers vary per country so look it up) and they are always more than happy to help you out. Benefits include the cost, this is much cheaper than FPP.

OEM is great but if you employ 5 mroe people and dont have the cals then you would be better off going down volume licencing route.

SA has its benefits too, with the new version of server being released in the coming year you get free upgrade rights (well not exactly free but you knwo what i mean)
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