Thursday, January 15, 2009

Office Communications Server 2007 R2 Licensing

The biggest question is: how is the OCS2007 R2 licensing positioned. Is it dramatically changed or only some components? A couple of days ago we as MVP's had the privilege to see the new OCS2007 R2 licensing structure. OCS2007 R2 RTM is launched so also the OCS2007 R2 licensing. If you need any additional information please contact me. The most important one: No price increases (OCS2007 vs OCS2007 R2)!!

From the community I received a lot of questions about:

  • Are you allowed to install all the OCS-roles (in particular EDGE and MED) with a single license of OCS Standard?
  • What is the Euro and $ price for the STD Server? review your agreement or see the list prices.
  • What is the difference between the STD and ENT Server license?
  • New features rationalized to current CAL structure:
    • Group Chat added to Standard CAL!
    • Desktop Sharing added to Enterprise CAL!
    • All call/voice/conferencing features added to Enterprise CAL!
  • Who needs a call in OCS?

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  • What is the difference between STD and ENT CAL? See the image below for the complete overview.
  • What rights does the STD/ENT CAL give you?

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  • What does the licensing model of the Communicator look like? In which situations (IE Office versions) is licensing of the Communicator not required? The Communicator R2 License is still needed to use your standard or enterprise features.
  • What are additional software components in OCS?
    • Office Communicator Web Access 2007 R2
    • Office Communicator Mobile for Java 2007 R2
    • Office Communicator Mobile for Windows Mobile 2007 R2
    • Office Communications Server 2007 R2 Group Chat (free)
    • Office Communications Server 2007 R2 Attendant (free)
    • Office Live Meeting client (free)
  • Is the OCS CAL part of an Enterprise Agreement? Yes, the CALS are added to the Enterprise Agreement (standard and enterprise)
  • Is there an upgrade license available? Customers renewing SA will renew into the new OCS licensing structure. Note: see the LCS licenses without SA.

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  • Is the OCS External Connector still available? No, the OCS External Connector is now longer available in OCS2007 R2. It's simply to complex so they skipped the need for purchasing the External License Connector.
  • Enterprise Edition Simplification in R2. For OCS EE Servers make all roles except EDGE/Front End Servers.

8 comments:

Anonymous said...

By External Connector, do you mean PIC license? So there is no more per month charges to connect to AOL, Yahoo, or MSN?

Joachim Farla said...

External Connector is something different then PIC license. The External Connector is no longer available anymore. PIC license is still there.

Tom Pacyk said...

Not sure if I followed this part:

"Enterprise Edition Simplification in R2. For OCS EE Servers make all roles except EDGE/Front End Servers."

So, you need an EE server license for everything except an Edge or a SE Front-End?

Curtis Johnstone said...

Hi John,

Is an Enterprise CAL required (in OCS RTM and R2) to ATTEND a web conference? I know a CAL is required to attend, just not sure if an Enterprise CAL is needed. I know an Enterprise CAL is needed to create a conference.

Also, it looks like Group IM is included in the Standard CAL. If I do a group chat with Audio or Video, I assume this is covered...

Joachim Farla said...

An Ent CAL is required.

Sandy said...

What was the answer to this question?

Are you allowed to install all the OCS-roles (in particular EDGE and MED) with a single license of OCS Standard?

...also add the CMA (Communicator Web Access) role to the question

Thx

Anonymous said...

No, you need to have 1 lic for your internal Std Home Server, 1 lic for the Edge and 1 for the Mediation Server

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