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  1. #1
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    Windows Licensing Question: Retail vs. SPLA

    Hi All,

    We know we can ask this question to MS but we where thinking of getting faster answer from WHTers based on their experience.

    So here's the question:

    If we have the Retail or OEM license for Windows 2003 Server OS, can we use the server where we installed it for providing rented or leased services to third our customers (including but not limited to hosted services and applications)?

    Or for these of type services, are we supposed to use MS SPLA licensing?

    Any input is greatly appreciated. Thanks

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    If you are using the server in a hosting environment, an SPLA license must be used.
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    Thanks ServerBoost.

    That's what we thought if you use it for hosting but what about if you are to provide for some other type of services, say storage or file uploads and not websites? Is this still under the "hosting" category?

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    Quote Originally Posted by zynfella View Post
    Thanks ServerBoost.

    That's what we thought if you use it for hosting but what about if you are to provide for some other type of services, say storage or file uploads and not websites? Is this still under the "hosting" category?
    To me that still sounds like hosting.
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    Quote Originally Posted by zynfella View Post
    Thanks ServerBoost.

    That's what we thought if you use it for hosting but what about if you are to provide for some other type of services, say storage or file uploads and not websites? Is this still under the "hosting" category?
    Yes. Each connection to the server requires a CAL.



    Regards,

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    Quote Originally Posted by utropicmedia-karl View Post
    Yes. Each connection to the server requires a CAL.



    Regards,
    No CAL's needed for FTP/HTTP access with unauthenticated SPLA licenses.
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    Quote Originally Posted by zynfella View Post
    If we have the Retail or OEM license for Windows 2003 Server OS, can we use the server where we installed it for providing rented or leased services
    No. You can run *your* services on a retail version.
    To run any services for a 3rd party requires an SPLA licence.
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