I have some questions related to SharePoint License , I hope to find a trusted answer about that.

  • How Microsoft calculate the SharePoint license as per server license and as per CAL license , What's the difference ?
  • How Many times can I use the SharePoint key ?
  • What's the period of key expiration ?
  • Can I use the same SharePoint key for multiple servers?
  • What about the effect of using a real SharePoint key for personal use , is this will effect on the key owner?
  • Can Microsoft know who use a specific key by listing the servers IP list and its location ?
  • Is Microsoft inform the key owner that someone has been used your key ?
  • Is there a free key for personal / dev environment ?
  • Is there any walkthrough to extend SharePoint 2013 Trail for a personal environment without reinstall farm ?

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  • Each SharePoint Server must be licensed (with a Standard or Enterprise license).
  • Each user must be licensed with a SharePoint User CAL. For Standard only features, they just need a SharePoint Standard User CAL. For Enterprise features, you must assign them a SharePoint Standard and Enterprise User CAL.
  • You can use the key as many times as you want, but of course you must license each server the key is used with.
  • The key does not expire.
  • You can use the same key as many times as you need to.
  • Keys are licensed to a specific organization. "Personal" use would likely fall out of scope of what the key is licensed for, unless you purchased your own copy of SharePoint Server.
  • The key is not tracked by any means.
  • There are no free keys for personal/development use -- instead, get an MSDN Subscription or provision the SharePoint Farm option on Azure (which you pay for the running costs of the VM, but not Windows or SharePoint).
  • You cannot extend the trial of a SharePoint farm.
  • I need to install SharePoint on 4 servers. How many keys will I need? 4 or 1? Aug 30, 2017 at 9:18

You can set up a Virtual Machine with Windows Server running, and reinstall your SharePoint Farm every time the trial expires. It's a bit annoying but it works for developing solutions without hardcoded GUIDs (because when you reinstall your farm the GUID identifiers will change for all the lists and views) In a corporate infrastructure, it is common to have several environments (DEV, QA, PROD) and as far as I know, licenses are only taken into account for the production (PROD) environment.

  • That depends. Anything not falling under the specific terms of an MSDN license (assuming you're licensed for MSDN) will require a valid SharePoint license for each server, regardless of the environment's name.
    – Greg W
    Aug 13, 2016 at 13:03
  • thank you for the clarification, by te way we have a golden partner MSDN subscription. Aug 15, 2016 at 13:02

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