October, 2013

  • 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...
  • Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center upgrades its disaster recovery at no cost through the Microsoft Enterprise Agreement

    Nationally ranked Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center (DHMC) provides a full spectrum of healthcare services to the citizens of New Hampshire and Vermont, but it needed to evaluate its disaster recovery program. Through DHMC’s already existing Microsoft Enterprise Agreement (EA) license, it upgraded to Windows Server 2012 R2 and System Center 2012 R2 at no cost. To accommodate its growing IT environment and organization, DHMC decided to build a disaster recovery (DR) facility that used Windows Server 2012 R2 operating system and Microsoft System Center 2012 R2 data center.

    System Center 2012 R2 allows DHMC to set up its second data center without having to hire additional staff as the software can easily integrate with an organization’s existing infrastructure.

  • 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 a hybrid configuration going forward – the licensing is the same.  In this Licensing How To post, we cover a concept sometimes called “on premises access rights,” “dual use rights”, and “on premises use rights.”  There really isn’t an official term, but the overall use right is to leverage your Office 365 licenses to access on premises servers, instead of buying CALs.

    The Licensing How To series posts are provided by our Customer Service Presales and Licensing team members.  These scenario based licensing topics are written on trending topics and issues based on their interactions with customers, Partners and field sellers.  For more posts from the Licensing How To series, search the “Licensing How To” tag on this blog.

    A frequently asked Office 365 licensing question that we address on our Team is: what happens if I buy Office 365 but continue to run on premises workloads for certain products? We’ve seen Office 365 Community Forums and other sites light up with something called “dual use rights,” “on premises use rights,” or “on premises access rights.” What does this mean, and how does it apply to me?  Well, the short answer is, it depends.  The basic licensing concept is if you’ve purchased a User Subscription License (User SL, or USL) for an Office 365 Service, that user is licensed to access the equivalent workload(s) running on premises.  While the applicable application server CALs are not included in the Office 365 User  subscription License, a CAL equivalency use right is included to access the on premises application server. 

  • Productive coexistence: New themes emerging for software asset management at the IAITAM ACE conference

    You have a solid traditional software asset management (SAM) plan in place—but is that enough to optimize your IT? Strategies for raising SAM to the next level is one of the themes at this year’s IAITAM 2013 Fall ACE conference, held Oct. 15-17, in St. Petersburg, Fla.

    Reflecting the explosive growth of the industry, about a thousand IT and software asset management professionals are expected to attend the Fall ACE—something of a surprise for organizers, who responded to growing demand by adding a first-ever spring conference this year.

    “Our conference is very personal,” says Barbara Rembiesa, the CEO and founding president of IAITAM. “We pack the speaker rooms but there is a lot of communication and networking that goes on too. We decided to add that second annual conference to keep the size manageable. We’re now able to reach quite a few more people.”

  • Microsoft Reader Mailbag: Three Questions on Licensing Windows and Office

    A Microsoft Volume Licensing Expert Answers your Burning Questions on Licensing Windows and Office.

    From time to time we ask UK-based licensing consultant and trainer, Louise Ulrick, to answer frequently asked questions on licensing. Here, she’s provided context for three scenarios on how to license Windows and Office to accommodate a changing business. Whether it’s renewing your current agreement to incorporate Remote Desktop Services or deploying Windows To Go technologies, Louise takes a deeper dive to help you understand and get the most of your Microsoft licensing.   

    Today there are more options than ever before for businesses to deliver Windows and Office to their users. In this post we take a look at three different scenarios and consider how the licensing of Windows and Office changes for each situation.