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Can you help me with my software licensing question?


Ms site for Windows Web Server 2008 R2 states that it's only licensed to server internet-facing web apps.

What does that mean for in-house applications? That I am allowed to host B2B/C site on those, but not my internal web based ERP, for example?


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marked as duplicate by RobM, Iain, Ben Pilbrow, Antoine Benkemoun, Chris S Dec 23 '10 at 16:04

This question was marked as an exact duplicate of an existing question.

The Internet is everywhere, so no matter where you put the server, it's technically "facing the Internet," and your in-house clients just happen to be in the way. – Ward Oct 28 '10 at 8:37
using this kind of wordplay might sound good but it does not change the fact that you would not be covered for a server setup solely for internal use – JamesRyan Oct 28 '10 at 11:40
I forgot to include the :) at the end of my comment. – Ward Oct 28 '10 at 14:47
What did Microsoft say when you asked them? – John Gardeniers Nov 3 '10 at 4:14

What does that mean for in-house applications?

It means they are not covered by a web license. This is not a disadvantage, though. Inhouse normal licensing applies, and normally you don't need CALs because people already have them.

The whole main problem with web is to avoid the "I need a lot of CALs for visitors from the internet" thing. It is a cheap small server which vocers the special issues of the internet (high number of visitors). MS standard licensing breaks apart there financially AND practically.

Internally, just don't use web. Use / reuse a standard (chance is some are lying around).

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Exactly. Your application has to be internet facing. THat does not mean everyone can have access - so putting it out, SSL, password - is totally ok. But it has to be accessible (HTTP request) from the internet.

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