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I do! I am the first to admit that licensing can be really confusing but there are some tools that can help you (including the CanITPro team) navigate the waters so to speak. In the virtualization realm there are some calculators which I linked in a previous article to which would help you figure out what you need based on your virtualization strategy. In my experience the big problem was figuring out which licensing agreement was best for my needs and finding someone to talk to who could validate my findings and offer suggestions. Little did I know that there was!
The Microsoft Product Licensing Advisor is an online tool that will help you figure out what licensing program is best for you based on your requirements. To copy and paste some text from the page...
The Microsoft Product Licensing Advisor:
• Provides Volume Licensing program comparisons and guidance. • Simplifies Microsoft product selection through a series of questions. • Produces a downloadable report and estimated retail price (ERP) or recommended retail price (RRP) quote in Microsoft Word or Microsoft Excel. • Helps saves time and costs associated with software acquisition.
You can review your report offline and save your quote to send to someone. You can also communicate with a Microsoft licensing expert for more help. So where can you find this gem?
And remember, there is an Email button at the top of this page that hits all our mailboxes. We may not know all the answers, but we have access to the people who do have the answers!
The licensing tool only has Vista and Ofice 2007 listed. I understand microsoft wants everyone using thelatest versions but thisisn't the reality. To be a useful tool the licensing advisor needs to be able to work with previous versions.
That is a great comment. From my understanding the licenses are backwards compatible, meaning you'd buy the Vista or Office 2007 license but still continue to use the previous version (being Office 2003 or XP SP2). I am not 100% sure but the email has been sent and I will post the reply here once I get a definitive answer!
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