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Nice offer for technical books

I got this in my email this morning:

Packt Publishing Celebrates its range of Microsoft books/e-books all this May!

Packt Publishing’s Microsoft Carnival is here! The readers can avail colourful discounts on Packt’s range of Microsoft books and e-books.

Packt’s Microsoft Carnival includes a variety of titles on BizTalk, SharePoint, SQL Server, Silverlight, .NET Framework stack, XNA, Forefront, System Center and more.

Packt has slashed the cover prices on its selected Microsoft titles by up to 30%. Go get the book you have always wanted now and get the best out of this Carnival. Packt’s recent published titles on Microsoft include:

  1. Microsoft Windows Identity Foundation Cookbook
  2. Microsoft Silverlight 5 Data and Services Cookbook
  3. BizTalk Server 2010 Cookbook
  4. Microsoft Application Virtualization Advanced Guide
  5. Entity Framework 4.1: Expert’s Cookbook
  6. iPhone with Microsoft Exchange Server 2010: Business Integration and Deployment
  7. Managing Data and Media in Microsoft Silverlight 4: A mashup

More titles coming through!

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pricing of wss with external parties

I often get asked this question:


Option 1

Server 1: Web server front end
Server 2: Standard back end server- SQL (you have this already- GP runs on this)

External connector unlimited non employees $2,019

Option 2

Server 1: Web server front end
Server 2: Standard back end server- SQL (you have this already- GP runs on this)

Windows CALs for each user/device, not SQL $30
These are not concurrent licenses

Note: When you install the server, you need to specify what kind of server it is- Web and the license type. CAL or per server

Client Licensing for Authenticated Access to Windows Server

CALs. You have two basic ways to purchase access: CALs or an External Connector license. CALs are sold per-device/per-user or per server, and are fairly well understood. In an extranet scenario, it’s unlikely you’ll be able to manage device connections, so let’s assume you go with per-user licensing. You need a user CAL for each server a user accesses. For example, every user requires a CAL to access the WSS server. Similarly, each user requires a CAL to access the SQL server.

This is a very important point. You need Windows Server CALs for SQL Server access, even though technically the user isn’t touching the SQL Server, but rather WSS is a middleman, grabbing data from SQL on the user’s behalf. That doesn’t matter; you need the CALs. So if your SQL Server is on a separate physical or virtual instance of Windows Server, and you’re using per-user CALs, you’ll need two CALs per user! This is an economic (if not technical) reason why some organizations choose to run SQL Server on the same Windows Server system as WSS.

I’ve just described per-user licensing. But you can also choose per-server licensing, in which case you must have CALs for the maximum number of users or devices that might simultaneously access or use the software. Again, you need to do this on both the WSS front-end server and the SQL Server. It doesn’t matter that the SQL Server is not authenticating the users—it’s providing services (indirectly) to authenticated users.

External Connector. If your users are internal users with Active Directory (AD) accounts, there must be CALs (either per-user/per-device or per-server). There is no option. If they are external users—for example partners, customers, or vendors—who will authenticate in any way, then you can either provide CALs for those individuals as part of your per-user or per-server CALs, or you can use the External Connector license. The External Connector license allows an unlimited number of authenticated users, as long as those users are external. Again, you would do this for both the WSS front-end server and for the SQL Server if they’re running on separate instances of Windows Server.

Virtualization. If you’re running Windows Server inside a VM, the CALs or External Connector license must be purchased only for the physical system. For example, if you have run Windows Server (2003 or 2008) Enterprise Edition for the physical system, you can run four instances of Windows Server in VMs, and the CALs or External Connector for the physical system are valid for the four VMs.

Web EditionFinally, you can use the Web editions of Windows Server—Windows 2003 Web Edition or Windows Web Server 2008—which don’t require CALs or an External Connector license. You can’t run the storage (SQL) for WSS on that system, so you will still need CALs or an External Connector license for the box running SQL Server. If, however, your design prescribes a Web front end and a SQL back end, using the Web edition for the front end might save you some license cost.

Bottom line Do the math: You must have per-user (or per server) CALs for all internal users. You can choose per-user CALs, per-server CALs, or an External Connector license for external users, whichever is most economical. That’s the “Windows Server client license.” If SQL Server and WSS are on the same physical box (or running in licensed virtual instances on one physical box), you only need one “set” of that Windows Server client license package. If SQL Server and WSS are on separate physical boxes, then you’ll need two sets of your chosen client license solution. Microsoft makes this so easy, doesn’t it?

Internet Facing sharePoint Sites

There’s some confusion on the pricing. This should provide some direction

If your SharePoint site is external facing and the end users authenticate with active directory, then the Office SharePoint Server 2007 for Internet sites license is not required, thus saving you $40,943.

So if you have 30 users which authenticate with the site infrequently so there are perhaps 10 concurrent users, the standard CAL is only needed. So the total cost is $94 per user.

Office SharePoint Server 2007 @ $4424
10 concurrent users @ $94 / user $940

Total in software costs is $5364

Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007 and Related Technologies pricing


Estimated Price

Office SharePoint Server 2007


Office SharePoint Server 2007 for Search Standard


Office SharePoint Server 2007 for Search Enterprise


Office Forms Server 2007


Client Access Licenses

Estimated Price

Office SharePoint Server 2007 Standard CAL


Office SharePoint Server 2007 Enterprise CAL1


Office Forms Server 2007 CAL


Office SharePoint Designer 2007


Internet Facing Sites

Estimated Price

Office SharePoint Server 2007 for Internet sites


Office Forms Server 2007 for Internet sites


Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007 products comparison download

A lot of people ask me these questions. What are the features of SharePoint Standard and Enterprise?

The document contains the following info comparisons:

  • Collaboration
  • Enterprise Portal
  • Enterprise Search
  • Enterprise Content Management
  • Forms-Driven Business Processes
  • Business Intelligence
  • Management
  • Platform Capabilities

India faces battle for outsourcing

This doesn’t surprise me when everyone is competing on cost. Click here


Outsourcing: Moving company functions from internal departments to external firms
Offshoring: Relocating corporate activities overseas.
Nearshoring: Relocating offshore activities nearer the client’s home country
BPO: Business processing outsourcing – moving white collar tasks like accounting or invoicing. to an external firm
Captive firms: Companies owned by foreign multinationals who perform outsourcing services for the parent firm
UK call centres/US contact centers: Offices where workers provide telephone customer services like sales

The price of SharePoint

A lot of clients ask me how much does SharePoint cost.

Here’s a break down

Assume you already have a SQL and a Windows 2003 server,

The MOSS server costs $4424.00

CAL (Client Access Licenses). These have 2 types:

Standard ($94/user/device):

Enterprise ($74/user/device):Additional functionality. You need a Standard license with an enterprise.

Information on the Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007 for Search feature comparison

Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007 products comparison download

Not everyone needs an enterprise license, only the users using this functionality .