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  • Hi,

    We use Moss 2007 standard server with the standard CAL for each user.

    We are looking at using Infopath Form Services for a particular scenerio i.e. does not require the normal user to have Infopath installed.

    For this I understand that we need to purchase Moss 2007 enterprise server license.  However I am unclear on the enterprise CAL situation.  Do we need an enterprise CAL for every user who uses the the infopath form through a browser i.e does not create the form.  Or do I just need an enterprise license for the developers who make the forms.

    Thanks for any help...

     

    Monday, January 30, 2012 3:48 PM

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  • For the only 100% correct answer you need to contact a Microsoft license specialist with a good knowledge of the SharePoint rules.

    Here's the situation in brief.

    1. Officially if you are using any MOSS 2007 Enterprise function (*) you need to have *all* your users licensed for the Enterprise version. I.e. they must all have both Standard and Enterprise CALs.

    That is the clear official statement. Even if users are not using any Enterprise-only function they still need the CALs because they *could*.

    2, Now we come to the maybe:

    You might be able to persuade your local Microsoft office that only some of the users *could possibly* use the Enterprise-only functions because of measures you have taken to exclude this. If the local MS Office accepts this a) get it in writing b) you still need to pay Std + Enterprise licenses for all the users who use the InfoPath form through a browser. If they developers make the forms using InfoPath and don't test them in real life, in this scenario they wouldn't need a license but typically they too would.

    Microsoft Offices vary throughout the world and from parts of a country as to whether they will grant you such an exception. (UK is considered impossible; some US offices are easier). But even if they do ALL your users of Forms will need Std+Ent as will the developers for when they test. Probably however absolutely all users will need Std+Ent as proving the remaining users can't possibly access the pages with the forms (or any, absolutely any other Enterprise function) is likely to cost more to do than the CAL payments.

     

    (*) In fact this applies if you have used an Enterprise key even if you are using no Enterprise functions. Having used the Enterprise Key you have made it possible to access Enterprise functions.

     


    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 Ireland75 Monday, January 30, 2012 5:03 PM
    • Edited by Mike Walsh FIN Tuesday, January 31, 2012 8:09 AM (*) section added for hopefully 100% clarity before locking the thread
    Monday, January 30, 2012 4:17 PM

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  • For the only 100% correct answer you need to contact a Microsoft license specialist with a good knowledge of the SharePoint rules.

    Here's the situation in brief.

    1. Officially if you are using any MOSS 2007 Enterprise function (*) you need to have *all* your users licensed for the Enterprise version. I.e. they must all have both Standard and Enterprise CALs.

    That is the clear official statement. Even if users are not using any Enterprise-only function they still need the CALs because they *could*.

    2, Now we come to the maybe:

    You might be able to persuade your local Microsoft office that only some of the users *could possibly* use the Enterprise-only functions because of measures you have taken to exclude this. If the local MS Office accepts this a) get it in writing b) you still need to pay Std + Enterprise licenses for all the users who use the InfoPath form through a browser. If they developers make the forms using InfoPath and don't test them in real life, in this scenario they wouldn't need a license but typically they too would.

    Microsoft Offices vary throughout the world and from parts of a country as to whether they will grant you such an exception. (UK is considered impossible; some US offices are easier). But even if they do ALL your users of Forms will need Std+Ent as will the developers for when they test. Probably however absolutely all users will need Std+Ent as proving the remaining users can't possibly access the pages with the forms (or any, absolutely any other Enterprise function) is likely to cost more to do than the CAL payments.

     

    (*) In fact this applies if you have used an Enterprise key even if you are using no Enterprise functions. Having used the Enterprise Key you have made it possible to access Enterprise functions.

     


    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 Ireland75 Monday, January 30, 2012 5:03 PM
    • Edited by Mike Walsh FIN Tuesday, January 31, 2012 8:09 AM (*) section added for hopefully 100% clarity before locking the thread
    Monday, January 30, 2012 4:17 PM
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    thanks Mike very clearly answered.

    Monday, January 30, 2012 5:34 PM