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    hi all recently trialled given our users access to email via exchange server 2003 and owa access, my question is is there a free alternative to owa? or will i still have to pay for an exchange client access licence no matter what client they use? (the exchange server cals are only 1.75 but we have 800 kids so it will soon stack up).

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    Re: owa alternative

    £1.75? Where you getting them from... we paid 1.05 for ours....

    I believe that the cals dont just apply to the owa. They are used for mailboxes, so to stay legal you would require a cal for each mailbox that an application would connect to. I'm afraid you will probably have to stump up for the cals. Or try an open source alternative, but then migration might be a pain the a$$.

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    Re: owa alternative

    ok on hindsight i guess i already know the answer to this, if you connect to exchange you gotta pay

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    Re: owa alternative

    Quote Originally Posted by Uraken
    if you connect to exchange you gotta pay
    #... getting the money is the microsoft way ... #

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    Re: owa alternative

    Zimbra has a better interface than OWA, it retains most of the functionality of exchange, has some enhanced functionality, can do filtering for spam/swearwords, it is free and has reliable migration wizard from exchange. We have 1650 users on it with no problem.

    I have used Squirrelmail on Exchange2000 but had problems with speed and exchanges slightly non-standard IMAP that often caused errors. I think horde can also connect to exchange. - you still need exchange licenses to be legal.

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    Re: owa alternative

    where did you buy the cals from lee?

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    ComputaCenter. As part of our MS volume licensing agreement.

    I believe Ramesys also have a very very good price on them also.


    Where are you getting your price from?

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    Re: owa alternative

    from ramesys?

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    Re: owa alternative

    Quote Originally Posted by Lee_K_81
    ComputaCenter. As part of our MS volume licensing agreement.

    I believe Ramesys also have a very very good price on them also.


    Where are you getting your price from?
    edit: i believe ramesys HAD a very very good price. Unless its because we're part of WMNet (west midlands). Prices for different LA's might be different.

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    Re: owa alternative

    Quote Originally Posted by Lee_K_81
    ComputaCenter. As part of our MS volume licensing agreement.

    I believe Ramesys also have a very very good price on them also.


    Where are you getting your price from?
    Weird, I was told by Ramesys just the other day that Exchange cal's are free with our MS Schools agreement :?

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    Re: owa alternative

    Don't get me started on Ramesys....

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    Re: owa alternative

    Quote Originally Posted by amacken
    Weird, I was told by Ramesys just the other day that Exchange cal's are free with our MS Schools agreement :?
    The Schools Agreement works in a different way to the Select Agreement (which I guess is what the above folks are talking about).



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    Re: owa alternative

    Quote Originally Posted by andy
    Quote Originally Posted by amacken
    Weird, I was told by Ramesys just the other day that Exchange cal's are free with our MS Schools agreement :?
    The Schools Agreement works in a different way to the Select Agreement (which I guess is what the above folks are talking about).



    Andy
    Acutually on that subject. Does anybody have a difinitive explanation of the differences between:

    Schools Agreement

    Select Agreement

    Volume Licensing Agreement


    Which works out most cost effective? Or is it a case of individual school needs?

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    Re: owa alternative

    From what i gather, exchange does not anymore require the CALS for each mail box for per device licensing so you need to buy the same amout of CALs as the number of computers you have. For external users you can buy the external connector license which will allow unlimited amount of people to connect to the server from outside.

    Sorry don't agree with the license/cal per mailbox, now that's just plain silly and MS now knows this so they dropped this idea.

    More info here --> http://www.slipstick.com/emo/2003/up031001.htm

    Looks like you got a choice with exchange 2003 either a user cal, device cal or EC.

    Ash.

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    Re: owa alternative

    Thanks mate this is good info the problem that i have is that i want to give external access as well (the external connector is a set fee of around £5k so getting user cals is still loads cheaper for me.



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