This guide explains in easy words how to license SharePoint.
Here we go…
There are 3 different version of SharePoint 2010 if it comes to differences in functionality:
- SharePoint Foundation 2010
- SharePoint Server 2010 - Standard
- SharePoint Server 2010 - Enterprise
For an overview about the different functionality visit SharePoint 2010: How to buy.
SharePoint 2010 Licensing
If you create an intranet you need to license:
Each server running SharePoint needs to have a license.
- Users or devices
Each user or device needs a CAL (client access license)
For each user or device you can buy the standard CAL. If you want enterprise features you need both: The standard CAL and an enterprise CAL.
If you create an extranet or internet site you need to license:
Each server running SharePoint needs to have a specific SharePoint 2010 for internets license.
Learn more about SharePoint 2010 Licensing or read the SharePoint 2010 Licensing details.
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