SBS'03, WSSv3, & forms authentication licensing

Discussion in 'Windows Small Business Server' started by Jason Eagleton, Dec 16, 2007.

  1. WSSv3 let's me use forms authentication within site collections now. Does
    the SBS'03 license allow us to use this forms auth method to add a password
    to some external sharepoint sites? Or does asp.net forms security count as
    authenticating?

    The purpose here is to just put a simple password on some sharepoint sites
    that are available on the internet so it's not fully open everyone. These
    aren't AD users, just external volunteers that pitch in and need a place to
    get the calendar, etc. This is a non-profit client w/ very limited resources
    so I'd hate for them to have to purchase a whole new physical server for
    something with hardly any load on it.

    I've been told there isn't an external connector license for SBS.
     
    Jason Eagleton, Dec 16, 2007
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  2. Jason Eagleton

    Costas Guest

    You'll better call Microsoft Licensing for this, just to make sure, but I
    believe you won't have any 'licensing' issues with this, since WSS 3.0 is a
    free add-on to Windows Server 2003 and as such you can use it in any way you
    like.

    The problems are security based though. It isn't recommended to publish an
    Internet site on an SBS server and the moment you open up SharePoint to the
    world, it is consider 'web site publishing'. By all means it can be done,
    but it isn't recommended.
     
    Costas, Dec 17, 2007
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  3. Thanks, I called MS licensing and they confirmed this method is valid under
    the SBS license.
     
    Jason Eagleton, Dec 17, 2007
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