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  • Blog Post: Unclear on SPLA Licensing? Read this New Whitepaper

    Woody Walton From time to time I get a question from a partner on SPLA licensing. With the Service Provider License Agreement, or SPLA, service providers and ISVs can license Microsoft products on a monthly basis, during a three-year agreement term, to host software services and applications to...
  • Blog Post: US Office 365 Partner Update Newsletter for May

    Josh Condie – The Online Services Partner Update Newsletter is a great resource for the evolving world of resources (demo environments, pre-sales, etc.), programs and support for both new and mature Microsoft Online Services partners.  I highly encourage you to subscribe below, if you haven’t already...
  • Blog Post: MS Finance Criteria

    Q: (from Dan) Can you confirm what the minimum amount of Microsoft technology involved in a Microsoft Finance agreement? It used to be one Microsoft product but then switched to a significant percentage of the total dollar amount.   A: I want to start by confirming that Microsoft Financing will...
  • Blog Post: Software Assurance eLearning Benefit

    Q: (from Aja) What courses are available as part of the eLearning benefit delivered as part of Software Assurance?   A: It took a little searching, but off of the www.microsoft.com/licensing site, I went to the Software Assurance page, selected Training benefits, and the eLearning page: http://www...
  • Blog Post: Office 365 for Government Announced

    Josh Condie – Yesterday, Microsoft announced Office 365 for Government.  This represents a great opportunity for our SMB partner community, especially at the local and regional government level.  Small State and Local Government entities are the perfect candidates for secure and private cloud...
  • Blog Post: Avoid Double Licensing the Desktop OS

    Q: (from Mark) I ran into some licensing issues concerning how we image etc ... so yes,  the deal has been delayed until I can straighten this out.   Short story is,  I don't want to pay for 2 windows licenses,  one from  the OEM license that comes with the PC and another...
  • Blog Post: Key Changes Coming to Office 365 E & K SKUs

    Tim Tetrick As part of our updated Office 365 services rollout (see the recent blog post from Steve Ballmer), I wanted to provide you with a heads up on some key changes coming to the E (Enterprise) and K (Kiosk) plans.  First, Office Web Apps is being added to the E1 and K1 plans.  Currently...
  • Blog Post: Get (Microsoft) Licensing Ready!

    J.J. Antequino ---------------------------------- Forgive me, if one of us posted this earlier, but thank me if we hadn’t! If you are looking for some help understanding the basics of Microsoft Licensing, I encourage you to head on over to: www.getlicensingready.com Even if you are an expert, I’m sure...
  • Blog Post: Administrative & Service Account CALs

    Q: (from Chip) I have a client looking to renew some licensing and I have a CAL question. The question is that he has Exchange server and had user CALS for his people but he has servers like his Blackberry Server, CA Backup Server that require logins to function properly.  Does he need user licenses...
  • Blog Post: Question about Windows 7 Downgrade

    Q: (from Matt) I have a very quick question about the downgrade from Windows 7 Pro to Xp Pro. Would I as an OEM have to take Xp from my stock as well as Windows 7, and give them both to a customer? My client wants to use windows Xp on their network and have the choice to then upgrade to Windows 7 in...
  • Blog Post: Windows Server 2012–Licensing and Software Assurance Grants

    B  V  A I recently saw some interesting information out on the web on Windows Server 2012 and wanted to make sure everybody understands our licensing changes.  We are NOT moving to core licensing with Windows Server 2012! You can stack additional licenses on top of each other to add virtual...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Licensing Boot Camps in Minneapolis & Houston

      Woody Walton I live in Kansas City.  If you are from the Mid West too, you know there are not as many “live” Microsoft events coming to town as in say New York or L.A with maybe the exception of perhaps Chicago or Dallas.   So  for those of you you in the Twin Cities and Houston...
  • Blog Post: Fall 2012 Promotions: Big Easy 9 and Cloud Easy Re-launch

    If you haven’t been keeping up with the current promotion announcements – don’t let these two pass you by! Microsoft has just announced the fall lineup of subsidy rebate promotions for customers: Big Easy 9 Cloud Easy Re-launch Q: What is a Subsidy Rebate Promotion? A: Our subsidy rebate promotions are...
  • Blog Post: OEM Reimaging Rights

    Q: (from Claudine) If a customer is legally licensed for Windows 7 Professional on 15 computers: 10 computers were bought with Windows 7 Professional preinstalled (OEM) and 5 they bought Windows 7 Professional Upgrades through Volume Licensing Can they use the Volume License media to install a standard...
  • Blog Post: Upcoming Practice Accelerator Sessions (week starting November 5th)

    Josh Condie - Practice Accelerator is a Microsoft offering designed to help partners build a technical services practice around Microsoft solutions. Practice Accelerator is a comprehensive set of reusable tools, resources, and best practices introduced in training delivered via Microsoft Live Meeting...
  • Blog Post: Licensing Office on Remote Desktop Services

    Q: (from Jeff) I’ve got a customer who will be typically using Office from their Terminal Services (RDS) farm. But if there are connectivity problems, they want the option of running Office locally. Do they need to license Office with Software Assurance. A: I knew I wanted to do some research on this...
  • Blog Post: ANNOUNCING: Online Business Productivity Services Customer Rewards Offer – you don’t want to miss this!

    by Ron Grattopp….. This is an exciting customer offer designed to encourage customers to act now on BPOS and to help partners drive online services adoption . This offer will run from February 1 through April 1, 2011. Qualifying customers can receive up to the equivalent of 50% of their first annual...
  • Blog Post: Software Assurance Home Use Program

    Q: (from Jeff) The last time you spoke with us, delivering Office 2010 VL training you mentioned that Home Use Rights is a new feature in Open Business VL with Software Assurance. We were recently told by a licensing specialist that Home Use Rights is a feature of Open Value with Software Assurance....
  • Blog Post: Big Easy 10 & Cloud Easy now available

    B  V  A The Big Easy Offer 10: Customers get an opportunity to earn subsidy payouts on eligible Microsoft volume license purchases that can be applied towards future purchases of Microsoft software or associated services from their Microsoft partner of choice. · Offer valid purchase period...
  • Blog Post: SA Benefits

    Q: (from Gail) Do you know what the specific vouchers are that a partner gets with SA? A: There are two types of vouchers: training and deployment planning. My starting point for details on those benefits is the SA Benefits PDF: Software Assurance Benefits Chart If you click on a particular benefit,...
  • Blog Post: Office Audit and Control Management Server 2013 releases to Open License tomorrow

    Woody Walton   Office Audit and Control Management Server 2013.  What is that?   I asked myself that same question around the first of May when I become aware this product was releasing to the Open License Price list on June 1st. There is not a ton of information or advertising about...
  • Blog Post: It’s BACK–Announcing The BIG EASY 5.0

        Start Date: October 25, 2010 End Date: December 31, 2010 Target Audience: Small and M idsize Organizations Market Segments: Commercial and Local Government Organizations Products Included: • Designer and Developer Tools • Dynamics ® CRM (Open Value & OVS) • Microsoft Exchange® Server...
  • Blog Post: The Windows Desktop Upgrade Volume License: Is reassignment an option?

        Woody Walton   When it comes to Microsoft licensing, most know that it is necessarily or unnecessarily complex depending on who you are! And although I am by title a Partner Technology Advisor, my support of Microsoft partners in the transaction process expose me to a lot of licensing...
  • Blog Post: Enrollment for Application Platform (EAP) Licensing

    Q: (from Mandi) I was reviewing the EAP licensing slide deck and I need to understand exactly how the program works to make sure that we are capturing the correct licensing capabilities and are giving the customer accurate license usage counts and consumptions. Are the sku’s bundled? Or just priced differently...
  • Blog Post: Q&A: How do I license Office RT for commercial use?

    By Ron Grattopp …. So in my previous blog post I gave you the rest of the story around Windows RT which includes Office Home & Student 2013 RT (Office RT), but what I didn’t call out specifically, that you need to know, is that Office RT is NOT designed or licensed out-of-the-box for “commercial...