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What's the difference between OEM, Retail and Volume Licenses?
By Vicky Lea When it comes to purchasing licenses there are a number of different channels that you can purchase through. These are FPP (Full Packaged Product), OEM (Original Equipment Manufacturer) and Volume Licensing. So what are the key differences between the channels, and what impact do they...
14 May 2013
Virtual Desktop Infrastructure – What are the licensing implications?
For those of you who were lucky enough to join is in sunny Southampton for the Windows 8 IT Pro camp last week, you would have had the opportunity to speak to our licensing guru Vicky Lea. The main focus was on Virtual Desktop Infrastructure and what are the licensing implications. PCs in organisations...
23 Apr 2013
What does my TechNet and MSDN account let me do?
By Vicky Lea In a previous blog I talked about what you could do with free software, and referred to TechNet subscriptions and MSDN subscriptions. In this blog I am going to look into some more detail as to what your TechNet or MSDN subscription will allow you to do, starting first with TechNet. ...
15 Apr 2013
Licensing applications to run on employee devices
By Vicky Lea In a previous blog I discussed how the licensing of Windows 8 works at home. As a natural follow on to that we now need to think about how applications are also licensed to run on employee’s own devices, so that is what I am going to cover in this blog. When we think about Office...
2 Apr 2013
Licensing - What can I do with free software?
By Licensing Specialist Vicky Lea When we talk about free software with regard to Microsoft what we are really talking about is software that can be downloaded for free, as a trial for instance, or maybe software that is granted with certain subscriptions such as TechNet and MSDN. What differentiates...
19 Mar 2013
Windows Server 2012 Licensing – Made Simple
With Windows Server 2012, organisations receive the capabilities they need to meet today's ever changing IT requirements through a fundamental shift toward cloud computing. The Windows Server 2012 licensing MVA course covers how to license Windows Server 2012, and will assist you in understanding which...
28 Feb 2013
How does Windows 8 licensing work at home?
The sun is shining as I sit at home and write this blog entry, and it is giving me cause to think! When it comes to the licensing of Windows 8 we need to think about the flexibility of how we can deliver Windows 8 to a client device and the opportunities it gives us as users to work in different locations...
19 Feb 2013
Private Cloud Licensing – Made Simple
I’m starting this blog with an intuitive quiz… (exciting I know!). If you’re building a high density private cloud, do you know which edition of System Center 2012 provides the most efficient option? What is the licensing minimum initial purchase for Enrolment for Core Infrastructure...
15 Feb 2013
Windows 8 Licensing Made Simple
Whether you want to upgrade your PCs to Windows 8, gain access to exclusive offerings such as Windows 8 Enterprise edition and the Microsoft Desktop Optimization Pack, or use Windows with greater flexibility, there is a Microsoft Volume Licensing solution that is right for your organization. Learn...
31 Jan 2013
Microsoft Licensing - Simple MVA courses to solve your licensing headaches
If licensing has been a pain point for a long time or if you’ve ever wanted to gain knowledge on Microsoft licensing then the new simple and effective MVA licensing courses would be an exceptionally great place to start. This training can be taken at any time and at no cost to you which is not...
14 Jan 2013
Microsoft Licensing Events
We hear your cries for “simplicity” when it comes to licensing! We hear your brains ticking over trying to get your heads around the complexities of licensing models! This is your chance to learn online or in-person with our Microsoft experts as we bring you a new line-up of Licensing...
19 Dec 2012
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28 Nov 2012
Guest Post: Supercharging private cloud efficiencies by Andy Hawkins
by Andy Hawkins , Product Manager at 1E Organizations are continuing to face challenges in the data center. It’s true that virtualization has succeeded in addressing power and space concerns, but at most, it has only reduced spend marginally. Indeed, many companies are finding it hard to recognize ROI...
12 Sep 2012
Free VMware Monitoring for System Center 2012 – with Veeam Management Pack
As you know, System Center 2012 has been available for a few months now. As always Microsoft partners are crucial in the success of our solutions and Veeam Software is one of those important partners Veeam is an ISV specialising in virtualization management and backup. In particular, Veeam Management...
10 Jul 2012
Registration Reopened: IT Pro Licensing Update Event in Reading
We’ve had such a great initial response to our IT Pro Licensing Update Event that we’re holding this Wednesday in Reading. So much so, that we’ve had to move to a bigger venue! The good news is, this means we can reopen registrations and give you all one final chance to come along and get your...
26 Mar 2012
Event Reminder: IT Pro Licensing Update - Reading - 28th March
Just a quick reminder that this month we are hosting an IT Pro Licensing event in Reading. The event will provide you with a good licensing overview to help you understand Microsoft, it is run by LicensEase for Microsoft. Your trainer will Be Louise Ulrick. The areas that this event will cover are...
2 Mar 2012
Case Study & Videos: TechNet Readers help save £494,000 with Windows 7 Upgrade
Regular readers of the TechNet Blog may remember that back in September Paul Cooke from Plymouth City Council won a competition we were running to come along and present alongside Andrew and Simon at the ‘ Windows 7 Deployment – Why and How ’ online conference. We were so impressed by Plymouth’s deployment...
15 Feb 2012
IT Pro Licensing Update – Get Your Licensing Questions Answered by the Pros
Time and time again TechNet Readers and the IT Pro community at large come to us with questions about how best to license Microsoft software and services in their organisation, and feedback we get suggests that challenges with licensing extend much further than just the people we speak to out on the...
24 Jan 2012
System Center 2012 RC Announcement and Resources
A short while ago in Satya Nadella, Microsoft Server & Tools Business president and Brad Anderson, corporate vice president of the Management and Security Division hosted a live webcast, “ Transforming IT with Microsoft Private Cloud ,” for enterprise IT leaders. In this webcast they...
18 Jan 2012
SQL Server 2012 editions and dependencies
You may have seen that there are going to be some changes to the way SQL Server 2012 is licensed and the editions available, if you haven’t then the detail is here . What I want to cover off in this post is what the various new features depend on ...read more
8 Nov 2011
Introducing our new community licensing specialist....
One of the things about Twitter that I absolutely love is that it connects you to people that you would never have had the chance to meet. A few weeks ago I out out a blog post about licensing questions, which then got posted onto Twitter...lo and behold a few hours later, someone from one of our Licensing...
24 Mar 2011
What burning questions do you have on licensing?
I have joined up with the Microsoft licensing team to deliver 2 videos answering IT Pro questions on licensing. We were planning to give each of the videos a specific topic. It would be great to hear from you on what topics you would most like to see covered and any specific questions. Ideas we have...
3 Mar 2011
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