Extend SharePoint Trial Period

As we know, we can use SharePoint as a trial version for 180 days, but What about if the SharePoint Trial Period has been expired

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In this article, I’ll try to answer the following questions related to SharePoint Trial Period and Licenses:

  • Is there any way to Extend SharePoint Trial Period?
  • Is there a SharePoint free key for learning and Development Purpose?
  • What should I do after the SharePoint Trial Period has expired?
  • Can I use SharePoint Trail Version in a production environment?
  • What’s the required license for SharePoint?
  • What are the types of Client Acess Licenses (CAL)?
  • Can I use the same SharePoint key for multiple servers?

Is there any way to Extend SharePoint Trial Period?

  • As a short answer No, you can’t Extend SharePoint Trial Period by any means! 

Note: After the SharePoint Trial Period has expired. You will not be able to create pages, sites…..etc.However, you can continue to use the expired trail version to add lists, items in lists.

Is there a SharePoint free key for learning and Development Purpose?

There are no free keys for personal/development use.However,

  •  If you are working for a company that has MSDN subscription, you will be able to use SharePoint for free for development purposes. but remember you can’t use it in a production environment.
  • Other options,
    • You can build a new environment from scratch for every 6 months. I know it is too much headache to build a new environment with a fresh installation then performing a boring farm restore process! but I think it’s suitable for the learning / Dev purpose.
    • Provision the SharePoint Farm option on Azure. In this case, you will pay for the running VM, but not for Windows or SharePoint.
    • Using SharePoint Foundation with limited features as a free SharePoint Edition.

Note: SharePoint Foundation 2016 is no longer available in the SharePoint Server 2016 release. for more details check SharePoint Foundation 2016 What’s the alternative?

What should I do after the SharePoint Trial Period has expired?

  • You should provide a SharePoint product licensed key via Central Administration.
    • On the Central Administration Web site, in the Upgrade and Migration section, click Convert farm license type.upgrade-and-migration
    • On the Convert License Type page, Enter the Product Key as shown below.

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Note: To convert a license type, you must be a member of the Farm Administrators SharePoint group on the computer that is running Central Administration.

Once Enterprise Key applied, you are not be able to revert back to Standard Key.

Can I use SharePoint Trail Version in a production environment?

  • No, You can’t use The SharePoint trail version in a production environment.

What’s the required license for SharePoint?

  • For Intranet sites:
    • licensed using a Server/CAL (Client Access License) model.
      • SharePoint Server is required for each running instance of the software,
      • and CALs are required for each person or device accessing a SharePoint Server.

  • For Extranet/ Internet sites:
    • No CALs are required for external users like
      • Not either your or your affiliates’ employees.
      • Not either your or your affiliates’ onsite contractors or onsite agents.

What are the types of Clint Acess Licenses (CAL)?

There is two type of CAL’s and you can decide which CAL you need based on your requirements:

  • SharePoint Standard CAL: the Standard CAL delivers the core capabilities of SharePoint.
    • Sites: a single infrastructure for all your business websites.
    • Communities: an integrated collaboration platform.
    • Content: enterprise content management (ECM) for the masses.
    • Search: people and expertise search, visual previews, visual best bets.
  • SharePoint Enterprise CAL: the Enterprise CAL delivers the full capabilities of SharePoint.
    • Sites: a single infrastructure for all your business websites.
    • Communities: an integrated collaboration platform.
    • Content: ECM for the masses.
    • Search: standard search features plus entity extraction, video search, item recommendations.
    • Business solutions (includes Access Services and InfoPath Services)
      Business Intelligence for everyone (includes Power View, PerformancePoint Services, Excel Services, and Visio Services).

For more details check SharePoint licensing and Client Access Licenses and Management Licenses

Note: SharePoint Enterprise CAL is additive: To access the Enterprise edition features of SharePoint, a person/device must have both the SharePoint Standard CAL and the SharePoint Enterprise CAL.

Can I use the same SharePoint key for multiple servers?

  • Yes, You can use the same key as many times as you need for multiple servers.but you must license each server that uses that key.

Enjoy:)

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