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Any Differences in Licensing WSS on a VM? RRS feed

  • Question

  • We run a small WSS 3.0 site from one of several soon-to-be-retired servers. All will be going to VMs. I have been tasked with answering the question:

    Is there anything that might be called 'unexpected' with respect to licensing when moving SharePoint Services to a VM?

    My hunch is that if the OS license is good, then WSS is automatic, but I want to be sure.

    While I'm at it, if anyone can answer the same question about SharePoint Foundation (an upgrade is under consideration) that would save me the trouble of taking this to the 2010 forums.

    Thanks


    Echo Train Nashville TN

    Wednesday, June 6, 2012 6:56 PM

Answers

  • WSS licensing is part of the Windows Server license. Windows Server licensing is the same whether the server is physical or virtual. 

    So yes, your hunch is correct.

    The licensing for SharePoint Foundation is the same as WSS 3.0 in that it is part of the Windows Server license. Though you can only run it on Windows Server 2008 or later so it would follow Windows Server 2008 licensing.

    In both cases (WSS, SharePoint Foundation 2010), and assuming you're not using a separate SQL Server, you simply require Windows Server CALs for all of the users accessing the farm.


    Jason Warren
    Infrastructure Specialist

    • Marked as answer by Echo Train Wednesday, June 6, 2012 8:05 PM
    Wednesday, June 6, 2012 7:40 PM

All replies

  • WSS licensing is part of the Windows Server license. Windows Server licensing is the same whether the server is physical or virtual. 

    So yes, your hunch is correct.

    The licensing for SharePoint Foundation is the same as WSS 3.0 in that it is part of the Windows Server license. Though you can only run it on Windows Server 2008 or later so it would follow Windows Server 2008 licensing.

    In both cases (WSS, SharePoint Foundation 2010), and assuming you're not using a separate SQL Server, you simply require Windows Server CALs for all of the users accessing the farm.


    Jason Warren
    Infrastructure Specialist

    • Marked as answer by Echo Train Wednesday, June 6, 2012 8:05 PM
    Wednesday, June 6, 2012 7:40 PM
  • Thanks so much, Mr. Warren. That's everything I needed to know. Much appreciated.

    Echo Train Nashville TN

    Wednesday, June 6, 2012 8:07 PM