Is the SKU (OFFICESERVERPREMIUM) configuration still used or is it legacy?

Apr 19, 2013 at 10:22 AM
If I'm well informed, since SP2013 there is no seperate PIDKEY for Standard Server.
There is only an enterprise license (http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/jj219627.aspx).

So I was wondering if it makes a different for the installation whether to configure the SKU (Standard/Enterprise)?

Diving deeper into this setting I concluded that the SKU tag is used to set the value for 'OFFICESERVERPREMIUM' in the config.xml.

In SharePoint 2007 this field is documented (http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc261668(v=office.12).aspx). But as already stated there "Note that the PIDKEY used overrides this setting."

In SharePoint 2010 this field is left out the documentation (http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc261668(v=office.14).aspx)

For SharePoint 2013 I'm not able to find a reference site for the config.xml.

Back to my original question:
  • If installing SP2013, does it makes any difference if 'Standard' or 'Enterprise' is used as value for the SKU tag?
  • Is the SKU tag even needed? Or is it some legacy setting that is not used any longer?
Thanx for any response that can clarify the use of this SKU setting.
Apr 19, 2013 at 1:55 PM
There are standard and enterprise CALS for sp2013, which have a PID at installation.


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Apr 19, 2013 at 2:03 PM
But when installing the SharePoint server you provide the server PIDKEY.
There are no standard or enterprise server licenses.

So, my question is:
Why does the autospinstaller config provide my the option to enter an SKU value?
Apr 19, 2013 at 2:15 PM
Gotcha...sku.... not sure.

I just went through Licensing hell yesterday with 2013 and learned about the CALS being standard or enterprise. I was given a standard license key for the CALS and not enterprise. Fun times explaining the new licensing to my client.


Sorry for the red-herring


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