MOSS Server vs Internet licenses? RRS feed

  • Question

  • Background: our MOSS farm is an internal WFE, an external WFE, Index Server, SQL Server, AD and ISA server. So far, our farm's sites have been either Intranets or Extranets. Our Intranet uses AD, and the Extranet uses LDAP.

    We're considering recreating our Internet-facing corporate site as a MOSS site. There would be maybe 5 Domain users building/contributing to the site internally, and all other users, internal and external, would view it freely. AAM has a zone for Internet. I'm not very familiar with Licensing, but can I assume that what we're currently using will allow us to do what we need?

    I've been doing a little light reading on "MOSS 2007 Server License" vs. "MOSS 2007 for Internet Sites", and it has me concerned that I may have to add a new farm for the Internet Sites license type.

    Is there a general guide to follow, utilizing our current farm setup?

    Much thanks!


    Wednesday, February 2, 2011 4:26 PM


  • > We're considering recreating our Internet-facing corporate site as a MOSS site.

    What is it now ?

    Assuming it is not SP at all, then the basics are that you have the choice between the standard MOSS product + an additional MOSS internet connection license (ca 30K) and a server Internet connection license (2K) per server acessible from the Internet (so at least the WFE(s)) AND between having a MOSS for Internet product which includes the MOSS internet connection license but not the server internet connection license.

    The problem as you rightly indicate is that the MOSS for Internet product has heavy restrictions on its use for anything other than for Internet access and thus typically you need to set up your systems so that it is completely separate from your Intranet MOSS system.

    Going the other way (MOSS + the two licenses I mention) you don't need to do this because you are paying both for the CALs for Intranet access and for the Internet connection license (for people without CALs accessing the public site).

    That might help you.

    Always contact MS licensing specialists or pricing etc. details before making any final decision though.

    Mike Walsh

    SP 2010 "FAQ" (mainly useful links): http://wssv4faq.mindsharp.com/default.aspx
    WSS3/MOSS FAQ (FAQ and Links) http://wssv3faq.mindsharp.com/default.aspx
    Both also have links to extensive book lists and to (free) on-line chapters
    • Marked as answer by scogordo Monday, February 7, 2011 7:19 PM
    Wednesday, February 2, 2011 6:24 PM