Can you help me with my software licensing question?
In the UK the predominant operator of School Management Information Systems have product called Learning Gateway that is expressed as WebParts their use case is SharePoint, and they recommend MOSS 2007 Standard to run all of the schools Web-Publishing and Document management needs, etc.
I have been getting conflicting information from other schools, our licensing provider and the software vendor as to the licensing of SharePoint for use as:
- An Extranet to allow parents to access data about their children
- A Virtual Learning Environment used by staff and students from both home and within school
- A document management system for publishing policy and governance documentation by the leadership team to the staff.
- A school wide landing page (home page) with links to commonly used resources service status, announcements etc.
- Potentially the School Website (which will effectively be Announcements + Online Prospectus)
My plan is to start with a two server setup with one WFE and one SQL Server, at present I have not considered search. This will service 2100 students, 300 staff and 1600 parents. A similar installation in another comparable local school has proven these hardware requirements in principal.
From what I have been told by our supplier and the information available through Microsoft I believe I need the following:
- 2 x Windows Server 2003 R2
- 1 x Windows 2003 External Connector (We have Device CALs for all internal devices)
- 1 x SQL Server 2005 Server Licence (No CALs)
- 1 x SQL Server 2005 External Connector (To cover external users)
- 1 x MOSS 2007 Standard Internet Licence (To cover external users)
- 300 x MOSS 2007 CALs (for internal staff use, students are covered by the Internet Licence)
Is this accurate? We have been informally told that other schools have implemented similar with SharePoint for less than £2,000 in licensing, all schools in the area are under the same Volume Licence Agreement as us. Several people have told me that I only need External Connectors for SharePoint, SQL and Windows, but the Microsoft Website seems to suggest that if you do that you can not store publish internally.
Any help appreciated, and other comments about server setup or capacity management would be welcomed in the comments.