licensing for new windows server 2008

Posted on 2011-03-08
Last Modified: 2012-05-11
This is a question related to MS licensing. Below is our current specs:

5 windows server 2003 std.
70 windows xp/7 workstations.
100 windows server 2003 CALs
1 external connector license(website pulls data from a database server)

I'm upgrading one of servers(MS SQL 2005 installed) to windows server 2008 std and MS SQL 2008.

In this case, what licenses do I have to purchase?

-1 windows server 2008 std server license
-100 windows server 2008 CALs (need to have another new 100 CALs for 2008?)
-1 windows server external connector (need to have another new external connector for 2008?)

Please advise

Question by:crcsupport
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Author Comment

ID: 35080008
Licenseing FAQ in MS website:

For external connector, the FAQ describes;
Q.  Who qualifies as an External User?  


An external user is a person who is not an employee, or similar personnel of the company or its affiliates, and is not someone to whom you provide hosted services using the server software.

We host a website connected to a database.

Then, is an anonymous user or a logged in user qualified as a external user?
How many external connectors do I need? 1 or 2(web server and sql server)?


Expert Comment

ID: 35086087

I would suggest following:

-1 windows server 2008 std server license - yes
- 70 windows server 2008 CALs  - why 100 CALs since you have only 70 workstations?
- 1 windows server 2008 external connector - since it's version specific

Author Comment

ID: 35096908
so basically, we have to purchase everything. holy sxxx

Author Comment

ID: 35096917
Then, is an anonymous user or a logged in user qualified as a external user?
How many external connectors do I need? 1 or 2(web server and sql server)?

Accepted Solution

matyke earned 500 total points
ID: 35097077
External user is based not on authenticated or not, but on relation to your company.

External connector is needed for every accessed server (directly or indirectly), so in our case you need 2 licences for both web and sql server

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