We are thinking about upgrading to SBS 2011. We would also like a way to collaborate with our external clients using Sharepoint Foundation, which is built into SBS 2011. Is this possible? I know in full Sharepoint you can publish client facing sites where you can share documents back and forth, but I wasn't sure if Sharepoint Foundation could do this.


The technology supports it but the SharePoint Foundation License does not. In order to set up this type of scenario you would need a license for SharePoint Server 2010 for Internet Sites.

Check out Microsoft's SharePoint Licensing Q&A for more details.

  • As long as they're "countable" users, you can use server + CAL licensing: Can also be used for external users if they are countable and CALs can be assigned to specific people.
    – vinny
    Apr 13 '11 at 22:27
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    I believe that only applies if they are licensed for Standard or Enterprise, not Foundation.
    – Dave Wise
    Apr 13 '11 at 22:39
  • Indeed - right above it in the bullets: "Server plus CAL" (license).
    – vinny
    Apr 14 '11 at 15:23

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