Licensing How To: Prepare for Select Plus retirement

In July of 2014, we announced the plan to phase out Select Plus for commercial customers due to the world-wide availability of the Microsoft Products and Services Agreement (MPSA). As of last month, Select Plus is officially no longer available for new commercial agreements in the 95% of major markets where MPSA is offered. The…

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MSDN and Visual Studio available on the MPSA

On July 1st, MSDN with Visual Studio became available for order on the Microsoft Products and Services Agreement (MPSA). This addition enables a more native and improved experience of MSDN subscription management while removing a major obstacle for our customers wishing to move to the MPSA in light of the Select Plus retirement. What this…

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Licensing How To: SQL 2014 Licensing Changes

Summary:  Microsoft SQL Server 2014 delivers mission-critical performance and introduces new in-memory capabilities built-in to the core database for OLTP and Data Warehousing, which complements the existing in-memory capabilities for the most comprehensive in-memory database solution in market.  SQL Server 2014 also comes with a few licensing related updates and in this Licensing How To…

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Licensing How To: When do I need a Client Access License (CAL)?

UPDATE: 3/26/14 We appreciated the active dialogue in the comments section on this topic. We agree that there are some good questions raised in the comments section which we'd like to address and appreciate your patience in doing so. Please see additional information following the main body of the article below. Also, we've included some…

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Licensing How To: Reimaging Rights Top 5 Questions

SUMMARY:  What is reimaging and what role does licensing play? Reimaging is the copying of software onto multiple devices from one or more standardized images. Understanding the licensing guidelines related to reimaging is important to maintain software compliance within your organization.  In this Licensing How To post, we cover our top 5 questions related to…

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2013’s Top Five Microsoft Volume Licensing Blog Posts

Hungry for more information from Microsoft on Software Assurance, licensing for virtual environments, Software Asset Management, or Volume Licensing updates? We’ve rounded up 2013’s five most viewed Microsoft Volume Licensing blog posts, which cover these topics and more. Be sure to follow us on Twitter @Msft_VL  for daily updates and subscribe to our official blog…

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New Version Rights with Software Assurance Explained

Summary: A common question we get, especially as excitement builds for the launch of a new version of a product is, “I have active Software Assurance (SA) coverage on my licenses and a new version is going to be released.  If my SA expires, or is about to expire, do I have rights to this…

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Licensing How To: Maximize Your Software Assurance Benefits in Open License

Summary:  Software Assurance coverage is tied to the authorization number so when you purchase makes a difference to maximizing the length of your benefit.  In this Licensing How To post, we cover the rules and recommendations for purchasing Software Assurance on an Open License Program.  Understanding how the program works and how it affects Software…

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Licensing How To: Using Office 365 user licenses to meet CAL requirements

Summary:  If you deploy workloads into Office 365 and maintain existing on premises workloads, or in some cases, deploy additional on premises servers to support a hybrid configurations- how do you maintain access to on premises servers.  It really doesn’t matter if your long term goal is to move to the cloud entirely, or maintain…

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Licensing How To: Knowing which Product Use Rights to use

Summary: Microsoft publishes the Product Use Rights, commonly known as the PUR, on a quarterly basis. Because the use rights and license terms change, knowing which PUR to use when evaluating a licensing model, contemplating a purchase or downgrade, and evaluating compliance is important.  In this Licensing How To post, we cover the concept of knowing…

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