Okay I've always worked for large organizations in the past, and they've always had enterprise licenses to purchase as much MS software and have as many users connect to it as they wanted to, so I never gave a second thought to it.
Now that I'm in business for a small upstart, licensing is seemingly like a huge headache. My head is spinning trying to figure it out. No wonder we all love open source software so much.
We are using FreeBSD/Apache/MySQL/PHP as our web server. Clients obviously will initially connect through this machine.
It will make calls to a Microsoft server to do video streaming, via Microsoft Media Streamer Server. The streamer will either be on Windows 2000 Server, Windows XP Pro, or possibly .NET. As far as we know, MS Media Streamer is free and there are no licensing issues with it at this point. So we are trying to figure out the best possible OS platform to run our streamer on.
After pouring hours over Microsoft's licensing website, I'm more confused than ever.
Here's what I know so far. The servers have 3 different licensing options:
In our case, we are only starting out with 2 processors, so I assume the best option is to purchase a 2 processor license! (Last I checked, it was $40 per client connection using a per seat or per server license). The per processor option is also new to me since I last checked also.
| Microsoft’s current policy, however, leaves it up to the customer to choose the Server licensing mode that best fits their needs where choices are available. |
| It is not necessary to notify Microsoft of the licensing mode selected. |
But if the licensing modes cost different amounts, how do I not
contact Microsoft, I have to purchase the license from them, right?
QUESTION: What current server products are only licensed in the Per Processor mode? |
ANSWER: Current server products that can only be licensed in the Per Processor mode are HIS 2000, ISA 2000, BizTalk™ Server 2000, Application Server 2000, and Commerce Server 2000.
Is Microsoft applying licenses only to their application and enterprise servers? Windows 2000 Server will ask for the per seat or per server option upon installation...
Am I making this too complicated? Can I simply buy a 2 processor license, even though there will be up to 100 people, for example, simultaneously connected to the server? (Though technically it's in a gray area -- is the FreeBSD the "client," or is the actual remote person connecting through BSD the "client?")
Has anybody recently had to deal with MS licensing?
Bleh. I need sleep.