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  • Question

  • We have a SharePoint installation in a production environment, using SQL server 2008. We need to migrate this environment to a different domain. Our approach will be to make a copy of the existing environment and install/configure it for the different domain first in the LAB. After it’s fully tested for the other domain we will shut the primary environment, and make the new configured environment production in the new Domain.

    Do we need new licenses for testing (not in production) the SharePoint/SQL copies for the other domain or since we are testing a copy of the existing environment and it’s not in production it would be OK to use the existing licenses?  Any tips or direction would be nice.

    Wednesday, June 13, 2012 3:21 AM


  • Hi Amirsd,

    You shouldn't need additional licensing during the migration phase as you're not using the two systems on a permanent basis. This would be no different than if you were following best practices for upgrading hardware etc.  To be sure, you should always contact Microsoft Licensing for your area or your licensing representative for clarification.  There may be a time limit you can concurrently run the two systems for during the migration.

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    Wednesday, June 13, 2012 7:51 AM