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What does Transition Pack Include?

Posted on 2009-05-10
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Right now, we have 10 USER CALS for SBS 2003. We would like to get out of SBS, but still have exchange and all of the features of SBS. We were looking at the Transition pack in order to transition from SBS to the regular FUll version of Server software.
My Questions:
1. For the price, what do you actually get with the transition pack?
2. Does the Transition pack automatically give you up to 75 users since you would have to purchase the transition pack to go about the 75 user limit?
3. Does SBS still enforce licensing once you install the transition pack? I have read online that only SBS enforces, and that otherwise it is up to the admin to enforce licensing if you are not using SBS because regular 2003 standard does not have licensing enforcement since they figure SBS needs it because of no onsite IT, but otherwise onsite IT is supposed to monitor and regulate and enforce licensing compliance. Is this true?  Not trying to circumvent or get around, but just for general knowledge to clarify what I have read online.

Any help is appreciated. Thank you!
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Transition pack takes the SBS product and converts it in to full, removing the technical restrictions. That includes the enforcement of the licenses. However it only gives you the licenses that you own. So if you own 10 SBS CALs then you will get ten full product CALs. If you want to go past that number you will have purchase additional WINDOWS and Exchange CALs.

Basically the transition pack means that you are not throwing away your investment in SBS. If you didn't use the transition pack then you would have to purchase Exchange fresh (both Server and CALs), additional WINDOWS CALs etc.

The reason SBS has license enforcement is simply because it is so cheap. If it did not have license enforcement then people would buy it and abuse it. The full products work on a trust basis, and the financial investment required to get started with full product even for five users is considerable.

Simon.
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