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I am planning to buy 64 bit windows enterprise server 2008 for web server. It comes with 25 user licenses. I am planning to deploy a web application into that server and web application uses windows authontication. Number of users who access this web application would be 100+. Now my question is that Do I require additional user licenses apart from 25 users comes with the Windows server, in order to make this application accessiable for 100+ users?

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If you use normal Server Standard, Enterprise, or Datacenter licensing; and the application uses any form of login (Windows Integrated, AD, whatever) you need a CAL for every user. Also if you use SQL server you need SQL CALs for every user as well.

Web Edition however does not have this licensing requirement. Web Edition can only be used for certain thing, but running a public website is what it's made for. (There are of course exceptions to this general rule; most revolve around the idea that you can't use Web Edition to get out of buying CALs for other products that you use through the Web Edition server).

There are other licensing options out there too, but most of them are meant for larger deployments than 100 users.

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Good and precise answer. Oh, and +1 for your Beastie avatar :D –  pauska Aug 2 '10 at 16:23

I am planning to deploy a web application into that server and web application uses windows authontication. Number of users who access this web application would be 100+. Now my question is that Do I require additional user licenses apart from 25 users comes with the Windows server, in order to make this application accessiable for 100+ users?

You can:

  • Buy one CAL for every named user.
  • Buy the Internet Connectivity License or an unlimited number of users.
  • Realize you just lost major money on not being too smart - you should have gotten Windows 2008 R2 WEB server under SPLA for a lot monthly fee and that would have included all. The monthly fee is about 15 or so USD per processor.

That basically is it. You decided to jump into the ship and get an expensive license that is pretty much useless because you did not care to do your homework first.

  • Return the license.
  • Get an SPLA agreement in place and license on an as needed bases (monthly) what you need. Start with Windows Web Server.
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Can you cut down on the accusations of not doing homework/research and not being smart? How do you know this license wasn't handed to him by some pointed haired boss and he is just trying to make the best of some bad situation? –  Zoredache Aug 2 '10 at 16:06
    
No, because SOMEOENE did not do the homework. Even if a pointy haired boss. The bad situation is: some idiot wasted oney. –  TomTom Aug 2 '10 at 17:27
    
You don't need the SPLA, you can just outright buy a copy of Web Edition for $469. This doesn't include AD, but could run AD-LDS or some sql server. –  Chris S Aug 2 '10 at 18:41
    
Snarky remarks aside, SPLA is required for non internal use. If it's external (no authentication) then SPLA is required. You cannot have an internally used externally licensed server (so no you can't just buy a copy for 469 then just presume you do not need CALS) –  Jim B Aug 2 '10 at 20:43
    
Hm, BUYING Web edition for USD 469? STUPID STUPID STUPID - remember, you pay around 15 USD or so per processor per month, including updates.... bad deal to purchase for USD 469 then. –  TomTom Aug 2 '10 at 21:47

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