Hosting Controller Licensing - Product Selection Guide

What is HC10

HC10 gives hosts to offer both Windows and Linux hosting. If you wish to run both Windows & Linux Server simultaneously in a cluster then go with HC10. If you do not wish to add Linux servers in your cluster then you can make your cluster with Windows servers only. However, with HC10 you cannot have all Linux servers in cluster. In order to run HC10 on Linux servers you will need at least one windows server which acts as a master console server. HC DB can reside on any server and does not require a license.

Is HC10 for me?  

ü  Go with HC10 if you want to run both Windows & Linux Servers in your Cluster.

ü  Go with HC10 if you want to run only Windows Servers in your Cluster.

ü  Go with HC10 if you have at least one Windows server in a cluster to run along other Linux machine(s).

Types of available licenses for HC10 Shared Hosting Module 

For Shared Hosting Module three different types of licenses are available. 

  • Unlimited Domains
  • 100 Domains
  • Secondary Non-Web on Remote

What is (Secondary Non-Web) License? 

This license key can be used on a server in cluster which does not have web server role enabled. If your server has web role enabled then you cannot use Secondary Non-Web license on that server. Secondary Non-Web license can be used on servers which have only Mail (traditional mail i-e MailEnable, IceWarp NON Exchange Mail* see HC Exchange Module for details), DNS and or DB roles assigned in HC cluster. In case of web role on yourserver you will need to choose from 100 or unlimited domains license. Web server license allows you to have Web, Mail, DNS, DB roles on server.

 Can I upgrade (Secondary Non-Web) License to Web License? 

You can upgrade your HC license to increase your license capacity from your current limit. Secondary NonWeb license can be upgraded to 100 or unlimited domains. With introduction of 100 and unlimited domains licenses for HC, now customers have additional options to choose from.

Shared Hosting Example Case 1: 

Question: I have only one server running all Web, Mail, DB and DNS roles in my cluster. Currently I need to host only 60 websites. How many licenses do I need to purchase?

Answer: You will need to purchase only one license. You can purchase 100 domains license to start with. In future if you need to add more than 100 websites then you can easily upgrade license capacity from 100 to unlimited domains.

Shared Hosting Example Case 2: 

Question: I have two servers in a cluster. First server has Web, Mail and DNS roles and second has DB and DNS roles. How many licenses do I need to purchase?

Answer: You will need to purchase two licenses. For first server you will need to purchase either 100 domains or unlimited domains license depending on how many website(s) you wish to add. For second server you can purchase (Secondary Non-Web) license as this server does not have web role.

Shared Hosting Example Case 3: 

Question: I have four servers in a cluster. First server has only Web role with 50 websites. Second server has Mail and DNS roles. Third server has DNS and Web roles with more than 300 websites. Fourth server has DB and Mail roles. How many licenses do I need to purchase?

Answer: You will need to purchase four licenses. For first server you will need to purchase 100 domains license, for second server you can purchase (Secondary Non-Web) license, for third server you will need unlimited domains license and for fourth server (Secondary Non-Web) is required.

How does licensing work for add-ons? 

Hosting Controller Add-ons are external applications which are tightly integrated and supported with HC. License for these applications is not included with the standard version of HC and needs to be bought separately. All add-ons are specially designed for web hosts in general and shared hosting providers in particular.

 What is the licensing policy for “Click & Install Apps”? 

Click & Install pack is set of applications which are installable and configurable on per website basis. This allows web hosts to add/remove these applications easily on their customers' websites through single click and can even add his own application. Click & Install licensing is per cluster based not per server. This add-on is enabled against your master server license. It means you need only one license of Click & Install Apps for your cluster no matter how many servers you have.

 What is the licensing policy for “rebuildXpress utility”? 

rebuildXpress Instant Recovery is a revolutionary tool, an add-on to Hosting Controller that provides rigorous backup and simplified restoration mechanism for Windows & Linux based hosting servers. Separate rbx license is required for each server in your cluster whether it’s a web server or Mail/DB/DNS server. You may choose to have rbx for all servers in a cluster or just few depending on your requirements and budget.

 How does Enterprise Modules Licensing work? 

Each server that is added in HC cluster and where HC software is installed must be licensed with HC8 key in order to use enterprise services. 

In case of Exchange setup, HC is installed on Hub Transport server only. CAS and MBX can be on the same server as HUB Transport or you can have CAS and MBX on different servers. If CAS and MBX servers are on different machines then you do not need separate HC8 licenses because HC software is not installed on those servers. However you will still need to purchase “HC Exchange CAS and MBX roles” modules.

All HC Enterprise modules are per server based except HC Exchange module which is based on “Exchange Roles”.

If you want to add a new enterprise service on an existing server which is already licensed with HC8 then you don’t need a new license key. When purchased, new enterprise module will be enabled against existing license key of HC8.

Why do I need to have HC8 license to run Enterprise Modules: 

Enterprise Module services i-e Exchange, BlackBerry, SharePoint, OCS, Dynamics CRM, Hyper-V etc are enabled against HC8 license key which is activated on that particular server where you wish to run these service(s). This is why each server in your HC cluster must be licensed with HC8 key. However HC unlimited domains license(s) will be given FREE with the purchase Enterprise Module(s).

 Enterprise Hosting Example Case 1: 

Question: I have only one server running all Exchange roles (Hub Transport, CAS, and MBX). How many licenses do I need to purchase?

Answer: You will need to purchase following modules:  

ü  One HC Exchange Module (Hub Transport Role)

ü  One HC Exchange Module (MBX Role)

ü  One HC Exchange Module (CAS Role)

ü  One HC Unlimited Domains License (Will be given for FREE)

Enterprise Hosting Example Case 2: 

Question: I have three servers setup. First server is running (Hub Transport Role), second server has CAS and third server has MBX. Which modules do I need to purchase?

Answer: Your licensing will be same as example case 1. You will need to purchase following modules:  

ü  One HC Exchange Module (Hub Transport Role)

ü  One HC Exchange Module (MBX Role)

ü  One HC Exchange Module (CAS Role)

ü  One HC Unlimited Domains License (Will be given for FREE)

Enterprise Hosting Example Case 3: 

Question: I have five servers setup. First server is running (Hub Transport Role), second server has CAS, third server has MBX, fourth server has BlackBerry and fifth server has SharePoint. What licenses and modules do I need to purchase?

Answer: You will need to purchase following modules:  

ü  One HC Exchange Module (Hub Transport Role)

ü  One HC Exchange Module (MBX Role)

ü  One HC Exchange Module (CAS Role)

ü  One HC BlackBerry Module

ü  One HC SharePoint Module

ü  Three HC Unlimited Domains License(s) (Will be given for FREE)