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Q&A: SharePoint's Licensing Complexities

Licensing SharePoint, And How Federation And Virtualization Play A Role

November 10, 2008

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Microsoft's SharePoint continues to spread like wildfire, making it difficult for IT to respond with efficient ways to deploy and manage it. SharePoint is a component in Microsoft's broader infrastructure and collaboration offerings and carries complex licensing requirements in many scenarios, which IT managers responsible for SharePoint deployments must fully understand. Broader virtualization and SQL consolidation efforts can play a role in SharePoint licensing decisions. To ensure the most economical approach for your organization, you should weigh not only who will be using SharePoint but how it will be deployed.

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Table of Contents

  • 1. What are the different server-side versions and components of SharePoint?
  • 2. What are the different client-side components of SharePoint?
  • 3. What other Microsoft products are impacted by SharePoint deployments?
  • 4. What happens if I run SharePoint in virtualized server environments?
  • 5. Is it possible to run in a mixed environment with Standard and Enterprise users?
  • 6. How do I handle SharePoint in externally facing scenarios or shared sites with external partners?
  • 7. What are the other considerations around SQL Server usage?

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