IT Professional Top Licensing FAQs – March 09

IT Pro Top FAQs – February 09

Q) What's the difference between Microsoft Office SharePoint 2007 Standard and Enterprise Client Access Licences (CALs)?
A) For each client computer or user accessing Office SharePoint Server 2007, you need to buy a Standard CAL. To access the enterprise features of Office SharePoint Server 2007, you also need an Enterprise CAL.

§ Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007 Standard CAL: enables a user to access the collaboration, portal, search, and enterprise content management capabilities of Office SharePoint Server 2007.

§ Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007 Enterprise CAL: an additive CAL that provides extra capabilities for line of business data search, business process and forms capabilities (such as web-based Microsoft Office InfoPath forms) and business intelligence capabilities (including report centre sites, the ability to build interactive dashboards, and Excel Services).

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Q) I am using Microsoft System Center Operations Manager 2007 to manage my servers. How do I know if I need an Enterprise Management Licence (ML)?
A) A Standard ML is fine when you are only managing basic server workload* and basic operating system utilities.

*Basic Server Workloads

§ Basic Operating System Utilities. System Resource Manager, Password Change Notification, Baseline Security Analyser, Reliability and Availability Services.

§ Storage/File/Print Servers. Print or file-sharing servers that run file transfer protocol (FTP), network file system (NFS), and Windows file sharing (SMB or CIFS).

§ Networking Servers. DHCP, DNS, WINS, or Radius servers. DHCP servers dynamically assign TCP/IP addresses and communication options, such as default gateways, subnet masks and routing tables. Naming servers, such as DNS and WINS, map TCP/IP addresses to friendly intranet- or internet-published names. RADIUS authenticates and monitors machine credentials to control the client network access privileges.

If you’re managing any server workloads or applications other than those listed above, you need an Enterprise Server Management Licence.

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Q) Can I reimage my PCs with a single Microsoft Windows Vista Business image?

A) Yes.; if you have bought your licences through a Volume Licensing agreement, you can use Volume Licensing media to deploy the same standard image of software across multiple licensed devices. It doesn’t matter whether those devices were bought under that particular agreement or as pre-installed or boxed software.

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Q) Can I use any version of Microsoft Office on my desktop if I am accessing Microsoft Office from a network device?
A) No. The edition of Microsoft Office that is installed on your desktop will need to be the same or higher than the version that is installed on the network. Please refer to the table in the appendix of the following document:

Licensing of Microsoft Desktop Application Software for Use with Windows Server Terminal Services

Q) Can I downgrade Microsoft Windows Vista Business or Ultimate purchased pre-installed on a new PC?
A) As an end user you have the right to downgrade as set out in your Software Licence Terms.

Example: You’re buying a new computer system and it needs to run the same operating system as your existing 10 systems — Windows XP Professional. Pre-installed Windows Vista Business and Windows Vista Ultimate both include downgrade rights to Windows XP Professional.

You need to source your own media which should be a legally licensed version (bought as either boxed or pre-installed software, or through a Volume Licensing agreement). You don’t need to have one set of Windows XP Professional media for each PC you are downgrading because you have legitimate full operating system licences for Windows Vista Business/Ultimate, which gives you the right to downgrade. You can then run Windows XP Professional until you are ready to upgrade the system to Windows Vista Business/Ultimate—when you would already be licensed.

When you downgrade Windows Vista Business and Ultimate as set out in your Software Licence Terms and you use both Windows XP media and the associated product key that was previously activated you need to activate via the phone only, 0800 0188 354, Once confirmed that you have a valid Vista Business or Ultimate licence, the Customer Service Representative will help you activate your software.

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