SBS 2003 Transition Pack Licensing (Advanced SBS 2003 Best Practices book excerpt)

Hello mates – harrybbbb here and I am the co-author and publisher of the Advanced Windows Small Business Server 2003 Best Practices book. I like to hold virtual book readings – so here you go – this is a post up on transition pack licensing in the SBS 2003 time frame.

Transition Pack Licensing

Q. What is the Windows Small Business Server 2003 Transition Pack?

A. The Windows Small Business Server 2003 Transition Pack provides a way for customers to grow out of Windows Small Business Server 2003 into the standard line of server products. The transition pack contains both technology and licensing components.

Harry’s Viewpoint: Enough said.

Q. Why would I buy the Windows Small Business Server 2003 Transition Pack?

A. You would purchase the transition pack for the following reasons:

  • You need more than 75 users or devices.
  • You want to separate the Windows Small Business Server components (for example, Windows Server 2003, Exchange Server 2003, or SQL Server) onto separate server machines.
  • You want features available only in the enterprise editions of Windows Server System, such as SQL Server 2000 Enterprise Edition or Ex­change Server 2003 Enterprise Edition.

Harry’s Viewpoint: This above list succinctly outlines why you would want to upgrade to the full Microsoft server products from SBS 2003. Note that you lose some SBS-specific functionality such as the ability to use Remote Web Workplace or some of the SBS wizards.

Q. How much does the Windows Small Business Server 2003 Transition Pack cost?

A. It depends on which version of Windows Small Business Server 2003 you have, and how many Windows Small Business Server 2003 CALs you are licensed for. The transition pack includes several SKUs, one for each edition of Windows Small Business Server 2003 (standard or premium), and transition

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  CALs to transition the number of Windows Small Business Server CALs for which you are licensed. The pricing has been designed so that you are not penalized for starting with Windows Small Business Server 2003. For example, the pricing for the Windows Small Business Server 2003 Standard Edition Transition Pack is $1,769 US. For each of the transition pack SKUs, this is calculated based on the cost of what you transition to, minus what you have paid for Windows Small Business Server licenses.

Harry’s Viewpoint: What the above discussion avoids stating is that, after you purchase the transition pack, you are “rolled back” to five CALs regardless of the number of SBS 2003 CALs you previously purchased (e.g., 35 SBS 2003 CALs). You would then need to purchase all new transition CALs. This is illustrated in Figure 3-6, which shows the transition pack and its associated CALs.

Figure 3-6

Note the distinction here between the transition pack and the transition

pack CALs.

 

 

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Q. How can I purchase the Windows Small Business Server 2003 Transition Pack?

A. See Pricing and Licensing for Windows Small Business Server 2003. Harry’s Viewpoint: This is at www.microsoft.com/sbs.

Q. From a technical standpoint what does the Windows Small Business Server 2003 Transition Pack do?

A. The server transition pack removes all of the Windows Small Business Server 2003 limits (such as 75 CALs, no Active Directory trusts, and CAL enforcement). The CAL transition packs are a license only.

Harry’s Viewpoint: This makes the point that the transition pack has both an economic relationship (a financial path to upgrade to full Microsoft server applications) and a technical relationship to SBS 2003.

Q. From a licensing standpoint what does the Windows Small Business Server 2003 Transition Pack do?

A. From a licensing perspective, the transition pack converts your Windows Small Business Server licenses into standard licenses for the server components in the edition of Windows Small Business Server you have (standard or premium). For example if you had previously purchased Windows Small Business Server 2003 Standard Edition with one pack of 20 additional CALs, the transition pack SKUs would convert your licenses to 1 Windows Server 2003 Standard Edition license and 1 Exchange Server 2003 Standard Edition license, with 20 Windows Server 2003 CALs and 20 Exchange Server 2003 CALs, respectively.

Note: CAL packs only include Windows Server 2003 CALs and Exchange Server 2003 CALs, regardless of whether you purchase the premium or standard editions. The Premium Transition Pack, however, includes standalone licenses for SQL Server.

Harry’s Viewpoint: This discussion isn’t clearly stating that you would need to purchase 20 transition CALs in order for this scenario to work.

Q. What do I have after I have purchased and installed the Windows Small Business Server 2003 Transition Pack?

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  A. After you have purchased the transition pack SKUs, you are licensed for the standard versions of the Windows Server System products. For example, if you purchased the standard edition of the transition pack, you will have Windows Server 2003 and Exchange Server 2003. If you purchased the premium edition of the transition pack, you will have Windows Server 2003, Exchange Server 2003, ISA 2000 Server, and SQL Server 2000.

Note: CAL packs only include Windows Server 2003 CALs and Exchange Server 2003 CALs, regardless of whether you purchase the premium or standard editions. The Premium Transition Pack, however, includes standalone licenses for SQL Server.

Harry’s Viewpoint: This is good discussion clarifying product content in the transition pack.

Q. How do I install the transition pack?

A. For the server transition pack SKU, simply run the Setup program from CD 1 on your Windows Small Business Server server machine.

Harry’s Viewpoint: You perform something akin to a “mock install” for the transition pack to complete its duties.

Q. Does the transition pack move any of the server components to another physical server?

A. No, the transition pack simply removes the Windows Small Business Server 2003 limits and converts your licenses.

Harry’s Viewpoint: While the above statement is true, you are allowed to install the server applications on other server machines. This is a key point because it is the transition pack that allows you to depart from the “all applications on one server” mentality of SBS 2003. Note that you would need to acquire the “normal” media for the server products to effectively install said server applications on separate servers.

Q. Should a system failure occur, how do I reinstall one of the server components?

A. If you need to reinstall or move one of the server components and you do not already have a media kit, you should obtain one from your nearest reseller.

Harry’s Viewpoint: This is a basic disaster recovery statement. See Chapter 14.

 
 
 

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Q. After using the transition pack, can I continue to use the Windows Small Business Server wizards and tools?

A. Once the transition pack process is complete, the Windows Small Business Server wizards and tools are still available (however keep in mind that while they are still there as per http://seanda.blogspot.com/2005/01/what-happens-when-i­grow-past-75.html if you reinstall as you are not “going through SBS” you lose Remote Web Workplace and all other SBS wizards). You can continue to use the standard Microsoft Management Console (MMC)-based tools for your server administration needs until you reinstall Windows Small Business Server.

Harry’s Viewpoint: This is a way to sneak cool SBS 2003 management functionality into a larger organization.

Q. Running Small Business Server 2000, how can I grow beyond 50 users now that the Small Business Server 2000 Migration Pack has been discontinued?

A. You will need to upgrade to Windows Small Business Server 2003. If you grow beyond 75 users, you also will need to purchase the Windows Small Business Server 2003 Transition Pack. The Small Business Server 2000 Migration Pack is no longer available.

Harry’s Viewpoint: Enough said!

cheers….harrybbbb

Harry Brelsford, CEO at SMB Nation

MBA, MCSE, CNE, CLSE, CNP, MCP, MCT, SBSC (Microsoft Small Business Specialist)

PS – my Small Business Server 2008 (SBS 2008) book is now here! J

PPS – my spring show, SMB Nation Spring 2009, is in the NYC-area on May 1-3, 2009.

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