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  • Hi.

    I am going crazy on the license problem as the Sales told me our existing solution cannot be allowed the let the external client to access our SharePoint site....

    we have purchased

    1 x SharePoint Standard 2010 Server License 20 x SharePoint CALs I have setup a Windows AD with 15 users / purchased 20 x Windows CALs in a Virtual Machine I have purchased a SQL2008 R2 per processor/per server (I knew this version is for unlimited Client access and no need to purchase CAL) and installed to another Virtual Machine. The two VMs are housed in a VMWare Exsi 5.1 Server

    I put it on a external network apart from our Company LAN and client can access our sharepoint site using http://mycompany.com/SPClientSite (they need to enter the pre-set AD user name and password in order to access the content).

    The sales told me we need to purchase the NEW SharePoint 2013 server + CALs / MS Server 2012 Server + Cal in order not to violate the Microsoft licensing scheme..

    Is there any cheapest way to comply with Microsoft licensing scheme with my company environment ... ????

    Thanks in advance.

    Wednesday, March 6, 2013 9:20 AM

Answers

  • As long as you can individually identify a user, even if they're not an employee, you can assign them the appropriate Windows CAL and SharePoint CAL.  The moment someone becomes "anonymous", you need the Internet Sites license for SharePoint 2010 and a Windows External Connector license for the underlying Windows Server(s).

    SharePoint - Nauplius Applications
    Microsoft SharePoint Server MVP
    MCITP: SharePoint Administrator 2010

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    This post is my own opinion and does not necessarily reflect the opinion or view of Microsoft, its employees, or other MVPs.

    • Marked as answer by kkcci88888 Thursday, March 7, 2013 3:12 AM
    Thursday, March 7, 2013 2:41 AM

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  • What you were told is not entirely correct.  What sales is referencing is SharePoint for Internet Sites.  This is an additional license in 2010 that is required to allow external users access SharePoint.  Check this post for more details: http://tonymackelworth.wordpress.com/tag/licensing-external-users/

    In 2013 this license is no longer required as its "built in" to the standard 2013 lincense.  Check this post: http://nubo-corp.com/patrick-lamber/2012/11/great-licensing-news-in-sharepoint-2013-for-internet-and-extranet-sites/

    Now licensing is tricky to put simply, and I can't verify that the Internet Sites licensing is still valid.  For all I know it could have been discontinued with the release of 2013.  But I would double check with sales about and ask about it specificially.

    Hope that helps.


    Brandon Atkinson
    Blog: http://brandonatkinson.blogspot.com

    • Proposed as answer by romeo donca Wednesday, March 6, 2013 2:14 PM
    Wednesday, March 6, 2013 12:15 PM
  • Hi,

    I checked on the Microsoft SharePoint2010 website and

    http://sharepoint.microsoft.com/en-ca/buy/Pages/Licensing-Details.aspx#Q2

      • For internal users (employees).

      • Can also be used for external users if they are countable and CALs can be assigned to specific people

    Licensing Model

     Use Cases

     Licenses

    Server plus CAL

    • For internal users (employees).

    • Can also be used for external users if they are countable and CALs can be assigned to specific people.

    Both Server licenses and CALs are required

    If Enterprise features are required

    Additional notes on the Server/CAL model:

    • CALs can be purchased on a per-user or per-device basis.

    • Enterprise CALs are additive To access the Enterprise features, a person/device must have both the Standard CAL and Enterprise CAL.

    • CALs must be for the same or later version of the server license(s).

    • While there are two levels of functionality (Standard and Enterprise), there is only one server SKU. During installation, you must decide whether to activate the Enterprise features of each server.

    Thursday, March 7, 2013 2:17 AM
  • As long as you can individually identify a user, even if they're not an employee, you can assign them the appropriate Windows CAL and SharePoint CAL.  The moment someone becomes "anonymous", you need the Internet Sites license for SharePoint 2010 and a Windows External Connector license for the underlying Windows Server(s).

    SharePoint - Nauplius Applications
    Microsoft SharePoint Server MVP
    MCITP: SharePoint Administrator 2010

    -----------------------
    This post is my own opinion and does not necessarily reflect the opinion or view of Microsoft, its employees, or other MVPs.

    • Marked as answer by kkcci88888 Thursday, March 7, 2013 3:12 AM
    Thursday, March 7, 2013 2:41 AM