My boss asked me to research some software licensing per our Microsoft Certified Partner status, and our Microsoft Action Pack subscription. Coupled with that, he asked about the different versions of Microsoft 2003 Server: Web Edition, Standard, Enterprise and Data Center.
This link compares the features of the different editions of Windows 2003 Server. There's a ton of features. The Web Edition has nearly everything we would use on a normal day-to-day basis. Other versions would be suitable for heavy duty systems like hosting Exchange Server.
Here's the list of software made available to us through the Microsoft Certified Partner program and the Microsoft Action Pack program, along with the number of licenses, for example, MCPs have 25 licenses for Microsoft Office Professional.
I phoned the Partner Resource Center at Microsoft and inquired about our licensing. Normally, companies like Pop Art are either Microsoft Registered Members or Microsoft Certified Partners. Registered Members get the Action Pack and Certified Partners get a better software license package. Pop Art subscibes to both and the licenses are additive, so we have multiple licenses available to us for Microsoft Windows Server 2003. That works well for us because we have several servers around the office in need of licensing.
Microsoft Certified Partner Licensing Benefits
Microsoft Action Pack Licensing Benefits
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