License Renewal Advice

Discussion in 'Windows Small Business Server' started by Brandon, Apr 13, 2005.

  1. Brandon

    Brandon Guest

    Our SBS Software Assurance license is up for renewal in May. Based on what
    you have been hearing as far as Windows server additions, etc. to be
    released in the next 2 years . . . would you recommend renewal or not?
    Purchasing MS licensing agreements always seem like a roll of the dice.
    Brandon, Apr 13, 2005
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  2. This is a hard question and everybody will give you a different answer. It
    is my opinion that SA are not the best deal around. However, consider that
    in the next 2 years it is very likely that we will see Windows 2003 R2 (and
    quite possibly SBS R2). Longhorn before May 2007 might be possible too
    (keeping my fingers crossed).

    As you said SA is like a roll of the dice. I could only consider it for
    larger clients where the cost of buying all-new CALs is not neglible.

    BTW-> It has been reported that Win2k3 R2 will require new server licenses,
    but not new CALs. Consider that when you make the decision.
    Javier Gomez [SBS MVP], Apr 13, 2005
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  3. Renew it. I did. I'd opt for the longer 3 year one. And I get the
    media sent to me automagically.

    Is it a roll of a dice..a bit...but I have LCS 2003 because of that roll
    of the dice. I think it's totally worth it.
    Susan Bradley, CPA aka Ebitz - SBS Rocks [MVP], Apr 13, 2005
  4. Brandon

    Brandon Guest

    Win2K3 R2? what do you mean by that? Do you mean the next version of
    Windows (which won't be titled 2003)?

    Brandon Smith
    IT Director
    Presentations Direct - Specialized Office Equipment & Supplies

    Brandon, Apr 13, 2005
  5. Release 2. R2 is slated to have significant changes but is basically 2003. I
    can't remember the 'roadmap' dates for release.

    a quick goole gave me

    SuperGumby [SBS MVP], Apr 13, 2005
  6. Hi Brandon

    If you have more than 20 users I think I would definitely renew.
    Frank McCallister SBS MVP, Apr 14, 2005
  7. I would agree with Susan and Frank. Look into MS Open Value licensing. It's
    SA, but the terms are for three years instead of two - and you can spread
    payments over the three year period, 1/3rd of the cost each year. Media kits
    are free. Right now, until the end of May I think, you can get $100.-
    rebate on each copy of Office 2003 Pro you purchase to be payable to you if
    you are a consultant, or to an outside consultant for deployment or other

    Buddy G
    Buddy Greenshield, Apr 14, 2005
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