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This article coveres the types of network licenses and gives tips to help you determine which type of license a firm needs. It also gives a tip for license transfers.

Basic definitions

Here are some basic concepts to help you talk to customers about their setups. 

Workstation: A computer. Usually a computer that someone does their everyday work from. 

Server: A computer that is a central hub for other computers. It can have programs, data and files, and computer settings saved on it that other computers can access.

Network: A group of computers and servers that are connected to each other. 

Questions to ask

To figure out which license type a firm needs, you can ask the following questions. 

Do you / will you... Notes

Share data between computers? 

Have a server?

Are your computers connected to each other?

  • If they answer "no" to any of these questions, that's non-network
  • If someone's computer is the server, that's still a server

Remote in to your server?

Use Citrix to access your server?

Can you log in to your server from anywhere other than the building where your server is located? 

  • If they answer "yes" to any of these questions, that's a terminal server (TS)
  • If they answer "no", it could be LAN or non-network. Ask more questions and see the definitions of non-network and LAN below.

Non-network license

Local Area Network license

Terminal Server license

Virtual Office/SaaS/NetFirm CS

License transfer considerations

When a license is being transferred from one firm to another (referred to as a merge), it is a requirement that the network types match. If a firm with a Local Area Network (LAN) wants to merge their license to a firm with a Terminal Server (TS), the products on the LAN would not be transferred and must be upgraded to a Terminal Server and then the merge may be processed.