Microsoft Volume Licensing Basics: Easy-to-read booklets to guide you in your licensing needs


It’s good practice to periodically double-check principles upon which you build subsequent plans. In sailing, ensuring an accurate compass reading is essential; off by just one degree and you’re way off the mark later in your travels. To help you find your way, and supplementary to the information about Microsoft volume licensing available via this blog, our Twitter account and website, we’ve put together a few booklets on the basics of Microsoft volume licensing. These materials will be of most interest to procurement and IT staff in a new role or someone looking to ensure they have a solid grasp of licensing basics. 

They are a great complement to the content presented through our licensing Training and Accreditation courses as well as the Get Licensing Ready curriculum (additional details below). 

Here is a summary of each booklet:

#1 “Microsoft’s Volume Licensing Basics”
Designed to explain licensing basics and clarify the various ways to acquire licenses for Microsoft software and services. Includes high-level definitions and overviews of our volume licensing programs and essential licensing terminology.

#2 “Microsoft Volume Licensing for Small Organizations”
Provides more detailed information about volume licensing for smaller organizations (typically fewer than 250 devices or users) and focuses more deeply on Open Programs as well as key Software Assurance (SA) benefits that could benefit smaller organizations. Also covers basic information about Microsoft Payment Solutions. 

#3 “Microsoft Volume Licensing for Midsize and Large Organizations”
Includes deeper dives on volume licensing programs for businesses with 250 or more devices or users, namely Enterprise Agreement Enrollments and Select Plus. Also more information on licensing cloud services under the EA, as well as definitions of our range of SA benefits. Also covers basic information about Microsoft Payment Solutions.

Interested in receiving a hard-copy set?  Here’s the deal.
Just send an email to [MS-Licensing at Hotmail dot com] and include your mailing address details, comment below, or ask for the booklets via replying to or retweeting this tweet by @Msft_VL. We have a limited, so for the first fifty (50) folks who send through their details, we’ll send you a set.  Once you receive them and have a chance to look through, we’d certainly be interested to hear your feedback in the comments section of this post.

Why only 50?
Technically, the team in Redmond created the content for partner and Microsoft account teams to print locally and bring into customer conversations.  However, looking at the final product it was too useful not to post on this blog and get things kick-started.  We hope you find value in the content which lays out, in simple terms, the basics of Microsoft Volume Licensing.

Additional Resources:
Microsoft Training and Accreditation – offered by Microsoft for IT and procurement professionals, these courses cover fundamentals, licensing for the private cloud, and licensing for specific products such as Windows Server 2012 and Windows 8.  Testing validates an individual’s knowledge.    

Get Licensing Ready – GLR is our Licensing readiness curriculum, providing a clear structured journey and the required knowledge to achieve Licensing MCP Certification. 

As always, feel free to ask your questions in the comment section below or reach out to @Msft_VL on Twitter with your thoughts.

Comments (8)

  1. Chris says:

    So what are the links to said documents?

  2. David says:

    There are no links you have to send the email and be one of the first 50

  3. itbiff says:

    is that not just if you want a hard copy that you have to email?  can we not have access to soft copies via a link?

  4. 911@lgit.co.za says:

    please forward me the licensing fundamentals via my email address
    thanks so much
    Soraya Choonara

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