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If you prefer client and server licensing, you can acquire IBM® Domino® server licenses determined by the total processor value units associated with your server machine(s) plus individual Client access licenses for each user. Two Domino server alternatives are available for licensing in this manner; both include messaging capability:

Frequently asked Questions

Q. What is IBM Domino software?
A. IBM Domino software is server software that provides enterprise-grade collaboration capabilities across a wide range of uses and applications. IBM Domino software can be deployed as core e-mail and enterprise scheduling infrastructure, as a custom application platform, or both.

Q. What is the difference between IBM Domino software and IBM Notes software?
A. IBM Domino software is server software that runs on a variety of operating systems, available through various licensing options and offerings. IBM Notes® is workstation (client) software that provides an individual user with an integrated collaborative environment. IBM Notes is one of several client options for users to access the messaging and collaboration capabilities of the IBM Domino server software.

Q. What are the IBM Domino and IBM Domino Express license types?
A. Three IBM Domino Server license types are available to organizations of all sizes: IBM Domino Messaging Server (messaging only), IBM Domino Utility Server (applications only), and IBM Domino Enterprise Server (both messaging and applications).

Three IBM Domino Express offerings are available to companies with 1000 employees or fewer: IBM Domino Messaging Express (messaging only, licensed per user), IBM Domino Utility Server Express (applications only), and IBM Domino Collaboration Express (messaging and applications, licensed per user).

Q. What factors determine the number of IBM Domino server licenses I need?
A. The required number of IBM Domino server licenses is equal to the total number of processor value units associated with the physically available and active capacity of the machine(s) on which the software is installed. Virtualization Capacity licensing is an option for acquiring and deploying eligible IBM Domino software. Virtualization Capacity licensing allows you to license software for use on less than the full processor core capacity of your machine - when the software program is used within one or more partitions using a supported partitioning technology.

For more details about virtualization Capacity licensing, see the IBM Passport Advantage Web site or consult your IBM sales representative or IBM Business Partner.

Q. I have IBM Domino software installed on machines used only for emergency backup. Must I have licenses equivalent to the total processor value units for those machines as well?
A. If the IBM Domino server software is installed on a machine for emergency backup purposes only and either (1) has not been started (cold backup) or (2) started but sitting idle (warm backup) and not doing work of any kind, there is no requirement to pay a license charge. Note that a scheduled hardware outage, such as preventive maintenance, installation of upgrades, or switching to a larger capacity machine during peak periods, is not considered a backup situation.

The following are examples of situations (not an exhaustive list) in which the software is considered to be "doing work" and would require IBM Domino server licenses:

High availability configuration (for example, clustering or replication) even if the server is not being accessed by users Development, program maintenance or testing

Q: Which IBM Domino server license type do I need for a Web site based on IBM Domino technology?
A. IBM Domino Enterprise Server and IBM Domino Utility Server each support anonymous access to applications. If the application requires authentication, IBM Domino Enterprise Server supports access by users who have IBM Domino Enterprise Client access license. Authentication is involved whenever the application requires secure validation of a user's unique identity.

IBM Domino Utility Server licenses support unrestricted access to non-mail applications by Web browser users, whether or not the application requires authentication. Access from an IBM Notes client is allowed, but requires a IBM Domino Enterprise Client access license acquired separately.

Q. I have deployed IBM Domino Messaging Server software. How may I add entitlement for applications?
A. You may trade up your IBM Domino Messaging Server licenses to IBM Domino Enterprise Server, and trade up your IBM Domino Messaging Client access license to IBM Domino Enterprise Client access license. IBM offers in-family tradeup part numbers to make this easy and cost-effective. Tradeup pricing is generally lower than the difference between current prices of the existing and new licenses.

Alternatively or additionally, you may consider adding IBM Domino Utility Server licenses if you want to extend the reach of authenticated access to non-mail applications to Web browser users (inside the company, external or both) - without the need for additional client access licenses. If your existing users want to be able to access applications using their IBM Notes client software instead of a Web browser, they would need to upgrade their IBM Domino Messaging Client access licenses to IBM Domino Enterprise Client access licenses.

Q. If I choose to add IBM Domino Utility Server licenses, would I need to install another copy of IBM Domino code on another machine?
A. You are allowed to deploy multiple server types on the same hardware, provided that your existing machine has adequate capacity to support the desired number of users in the new environment that adds non-mail applications. You can acquire more than one license type for the same hardware and the same copy of the code. The functions you are allowed to use and the entitlements that you have are determined by the type of license or combination of licenses that you acquire.

Q. I have deployed IBM Domino Messaging Server software. How may I add entitlement to use clustering capability?
A. You may trade up your IBM Domino Messaging Server licenses to IBM Domino Enterprise Server. Please note that this is the only tradeup option available for IBM Domino server licenses.

Q: Which IBM Domino server license do I need for a passthru server, administration hub or gateway? The machine is not running either mail or collaborative applications.
A. For instances in which the machine is really just performing an administration function, IBM Domino Messaging Server licenses are sufficient. But if you need clustering support, you will need IBM Domino Enterprise Server. In either case, you will need licenses equivalent to the number of processor value units associated with the machine.

Q: May I use more than one IBM Domino license type for the same hardware?
A. Yes, separate licenses can apply to the same hardware. For example, suppose you have users within your organization who need mail, but you want to provide Web self-service capabilities to your customers using a IBM Domino-based application. You can acquire both IBM Domino Messaging Server licenses and IBM Domino Utility Server licenses, and support the combined capabilities of both licenses on the same hardware.

In some cases, a hardware vendor may ship a server with more processors than you actually ordered - on the assumption that you may want additional capacity in the future. Except when using virtualization capacity licensing, IBM Domino server licensing is based on the physically available capacity. Note: at the time you activate the spare processors, you will need to acquire additional IBM Domino licenses to reflect the revised total capacity on the system.

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