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Skype for Business Server, CALs, and editions RRS feed

  • Question

  • We are setting up Skype servers for our new system. We have conflicting information regarding software edition so I would like some advice from you guys:

    A. We set up and had a meeting with a Microsoft employee yesterday. He said that there are no Enterprise or Standard variations in Skype for Business Server; it's always "Skype for Business Server", and instead different editions come in the form of different types of CALs.

    What he said basically concurs with this article:
    https://products.office.com/en-us/skype-for-business/it-pros

    B. I looked it up on the Internet myself and found a Technet article claiming that Skype for Business Server 2015, which is the version we are using, does have Enterprise and Standard editions:
    https://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/dn951362.aspx

    (If this article is correct we need Enterprise because we are implementing HA, by the way.)

    A and B seem irreconcilable, so I would appreciate if someone told me which one is true.
    Thursday, September 15, 2016 10:56 PM

Answers

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    • Proposed as answer by Ben Donaldson Friday, September 16, 2016 10:19 AM
    • Marked as answer by jim-xu Friday, September 30, 2016 9:33 AM
    Thursday, September 15, 2016 11:46 PM
  • You have only to license each front end server and it doesn't matter if it is a standard or enterprise server.

    As Shankar wrote, the different is only the high availability which better with a 3 FE enterprise pool.

    Which feature you use depend not on the server installation, it will count through the cal of the client.

    No differnet features are still the same between standard and enterprise server.


    regards Holger Technical Specialist UC

    • Proposed as answer by Ben Donaldson Friday, September 16, 2016 10:19 AM
    • Marked as answer by jim-xu Friday, September 30, 2016 9:33 AM
    Friday, September 16, 2016 5:55 AM
  • Hi,

    I confirm Microsofts answer that by Microsoft distributors you have only one Skype For Business Server License. however, if you wants to use Enterprise Features you need to purchase Standard + Enterprise CALs to have Access to Enterprise features.

    thanks

    diramoh

    • Proposed as answer by jim-xu Monday, September 19, 2016 2:16 AM
    • Marked as answer by jim-xu Friday, September 30, 2016 9:33 AM
    Friday, September 16, 2016 9:43 AM

All replies

  • Deleted
    • Proposed as answer by Ben Donaldson Friday, September 16, 2016 10:19 AM
    • Marked as answer by jim-xu Friday, September 30, 2016 9:33 AM
    Thursday, September 15, 2016 11:46 PM
  • You have only to license each front end server and it doesn't matter if it is a standard or enterprise server.

    As Shankar wrote, the different is only the high availability which better with a 3 FE enterprise pool.

    Which feature you use depend not on the server installation, it will count through the cal of the client.

    No differnet features are still the same between standard and enterprise server.


    regards Holger Technical Specialist UC

    • Proposed as answer by Ben Donaldson Friday, September 16, 2016 10:19 AM
    • Marked as answer by jim-xu Friday, September 30, 2016 9:33 AM
    Friday, September 16, 2016 5:55 AM
  • Hi,

    I confirm Microsofts answer that by Microsoft distributors you have only one Skype For Business Server License. however, if you wants to use Enterprise Features you need to purchase Standard + Enterprise CALs to have Access to Enterprise features.

    thanks

    diramoh

    • Proposed as answer by jim-xu Monday, September 19, 2016 2:16 AM
    • Marked as answer by jim-xu Friday, September 30, 2016 9:33 AM
    Friday, September 16, 2016 9:43 AM