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  1. #1
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    Difference between these windows 2003 license

    Hi

    what are the difference between these windows 2003 license?

    Windows Svr Std All Languages Lic/SA , cpu , UNAUTHENTICATED

    Windows Svr Std All Languages Lic/SA, cpu, AUTHENTICATED

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    You can have an Active Directory on the Authenticated version and it is much more expensive. That is the difference..
    James Lumby

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    I've never heard of Authenticated and unauthenticated ADs. When they say authenticated, do they mean a server running as a DC (which in and of itself means AD is installed naturally)?

    I thought this would mean if you had your own CD Key or not... Hm.
    Adam

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    No.. As Microsoft explained it to me.. The unauthenticated version of windows (Which is what most people pay for) doesn't include active directory. The unauthenticated version is for websites which are generally anonymous users. Clear as mud?
    James Lumby

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    Oooh.. but can't they just run dcpromo and install AD provided they have access to i386 files? Or is it that AD isn't available even if they tried to promote their server? That would be a first I've heard about that... Looks like my Win2K MCSE certification just about lost all value.

    I have always thought AD was available if you promote the machine to become a DC - assuming you at least installed Windows 2003 Standard...
    Last edited by aplawson; 04-12-2005 at 12:34 PM.
    Adam

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    I think you could upgrade it, have never tried, but either way, the license is much more expensive.
    James Lumby

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    ok thank u all but which one i should use to sell web hosting?

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    Generally speaking, you don't need the authenticated version.. The only reason you need the authenticated version, and the reason we are getting it, is so that you could offer something that requires active directory, eg, exchange hosting.. Most hosts do not..
    James Lumby

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    Thats not my understanding at all. It is my understanding that if you use the authenticated version, you intend to use it in a manner that users will actually be logging into the server (like on a lan). The unauthenticated version is for webservers where you don't know who or how many people are actually connecting.
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    Which at that point, active directory is used... This is what I was told straight from Microsoft.
    James Lumby

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    ok thanks again, last question it buy SPLA or Web edition?

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    SPLA is a Service Providers License Agreement. You generally get this when you are the server provider, it's not something you buy, it's a contract you have with Microsoft. You then purchase licenses on a non-perpetual basis from them. So, you should get either web edition or standard edition..

    Edited to add:

    Hope this helps..
    James Lumby

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    It's probably quite an old thread.. but what about FTP users. If you have users connecting to the server with FTP - do you need authenticated version?

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    Quote Originally Posted by lumbyjj
    No.. As Microsoft explained it to me.. The unauthenticated version of windows (Which is what most people pay for) doesn't include active directory. The unauthenticated version is for websites which are generally anonymous users. Clear as mud?
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    No, I you can have ftp users on an unauthenticated version, it's mainly whether or not it makes use of Active Directory and is a member of a domain.
    James Lumby

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