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    Default Can the Network Edition coexist with the Open Source model?

    And the explanation for the question is: I would like to know if there is a way of sharing the best of both worlds. If I have 100 users but only 15 of them require the features that the Network Edition provide, can I add more users in, let's call it "basic mode/Open Source mode" or my installation would be capped to just the number of paid for full-fledge users: 15.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nublaii View Post
    And the explanation for the question is: I would like to know if there is a way of sharing the best of both worlds.
    Thatr the same reason everyone asks this question.

    Quote Originally Posted by nublaii View Post
    If I have 100 users but only 15 of them require the features that the Network Edition provide, can I add more users in, let's call it "basic mode/Open Source mode" or my installation would be capped to just the number of paid for full-fledge users: 15.
    This has been answered many times in the forums and the answer is, no it can't. NE is capped at the number of licensed users.
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    Quote Originally Posted by nublaii View Post
    And the explanation for the question is: I would like to know if there is a way of sharing the best of both worlds. If I have 100 users but only 15 of them require the features that the Network Edition provide, can I add more users in, let's call it "basic mode/Open Source mode" or my installation would be capped to just the number of paid for full-fledge users: 15.
    Bill is absolutely correct, and NE Licenses are sold in blocks of 25, 250 etc. in any event.

    But...

    If you were willing to put the OSS users on one domain and the NE users on another domain, and then deploy two separate Zimbra servers, you could do this. I expect you'll find that the added complexity, administration, hard and soft costs outweigh the cost of the Zimbra licenses.

    BTW, with the relatively recent changes to Zimbra licensing, if you are willing to make a multi-year commitment to Zimbra it is very noticeably more cost-beneficial to buy a Perpetual License and a three-year support/maintenance than to buy one year of Licensing with bundled support three years in a row.

    Hope that helps,
    Mark

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