Microsoft to Modify .Net Server LicensingBy Peter Galli | Print
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Microsoft delivers the second, and final, release candidate for its Windows .Net Server 2003 family later this week. The final product is scheduled for next April, and will also bring certain licensing changes. Among these is a move away from the per- Microsoft Corp. on Thursday announced that it has delivered the second release candidate for Windows .Net Server 2003.
Customers can register to obtain a trial version of RC2 through the Customer Preview Program at www.microsoft.com/windows.netserver/default.mspx.
Microsoft on Thursday also made available the second beta for its new Group Policy Management Console (GPMC), which is also available through the Customer Preview Program.
Information on each of the .Net Server 2003 editions can be found at www.microsoft.com/windows.netserver/evaluation/features/featuresorter.aspx.
The final product is scheduled for next April, and will also bring certain licensing changes. Among these is a move away from the per-server and per-seat Client Access License (CAL) option currently in place to a model that allows per-user and per-server usage.
The benefit of the per-user option, according to O'Brien, is that it will allow a user to access their applications through the server using any of their devices. Up until now, users had to pay a separate CAL fee for every device.
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