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…yet more licensing

October 28, 2009 Comments off
 
Courtesy of Emma Healey (Microsoft UK) aka Lady Licensing… this blog is becoming my bible  Nerd
 
 
 
Outsourcer Scenarios PDF….
 
Definition of Outsourcer in SPLA:
 
Outsourcing is an application or service that a service provider manages for their customer. For purposes of this definition, the managed application or service is:
  • Used by its customer’s employees, contractors, agents, or vendors
  • Not the service provider’s intellectual property
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Categories: Licensing

The Black Art of SPLA Licensing !

October 28, 2009 Comments off
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SPLA Update Oct 2009 – Changes to SPLA and the ‘Outsourcer Model’   https://www.insight.com/pages/landingpage.web?id=10660
 
Microsoft is introducing a new "Outsourcer" definition for Windows Server in SPLA beginning July 1st 2009 and will no longer leverage Authenticated or Anonymous within the Windows Server lineup

Current and Future

Current (prior to July 2009): Windows Server® Processor License skus are differentiated by "Anonymous" or "Authenticated" use.

Future (beginning July 2009): Differentiation for processor licenses for the Windows Server operating system is based on the use scenario: Is the partner "outsourcing" or not?

Definition: Outsourcing is an application or service that a service provider manages for their customer. For purposes of this definition, the managed application or service is:

  • Used by its customer’s employees, contractors, agents, or vendors
  • Not the service provider’s intellectual property
Benefits
  • The new definition changes the focus of the SKU differentiation from the application ("authenticated" and "non-authenticated") to the type of service that the service provider offers to the end customer.
  • The outsourcing model can help service providers receive better value from Windows Server by allowing them to provide a wider variety of services at a lower price offering.
  • The new differentiator can help service providers more easily understand which offering they should license, simplifying the SPLA offerings.
Summary of Changes
  • Creation of two-tier model for outsourcing and non-outsourcing replaces anonymous and authenticated
  • Pricing adjusted to accommodate the two-tier model
  • No change to Windows Server Web Edition SKU
  • No change to Windows Server Subscriber Access License (SAL) SKUs
To view the Windows Server changes Licensing Brief click here: www.insight.com/spla

Windows Server Changes FAQ

What’s happening to the Current SKUs?
SKUs that do not appear on the July Line up will be removed from the pricelist

When should I start using the new SKUs?
You should begin reporting the new July Line up SKUs with July usage. All usage upon release of R2 must be reported using the new SKUs.

What about With and Without Hyper-V?
There will no longer be separate SKUs for with and without Hyper V on the pricelist. You will need to report the single SKU from the July SKU Line Up above regardless if they deploy Hyper-V.

How can I get more information?
More information on this change will be available through Insight’s SPLA Team at spprograms@insight.com. The SPUR is available online and contains the definition of Outsourcer: http://www.microsoft.com/licensing/spur/products.aspx.

How do I know if I am and Outsourcer or Non-Outsourcer?
The definition of Outsourcing is an application or service which a service provider manages on behalf of its customer. For the purposes of this definition, the managed application or service is:

  • Used by its customer’s employees, contractoers, agents, or vendors, and
  • Not the Service Provider’s intellectual property

Introduction of Prior Version Rights in SPLA

Prior to July 2009, SPLA only provided rights to the most current version of products. Effective with the July 2009 SPUR document, SPLA partners have the right to run either the current version or any prior version of the software.

Which use rights apply?
In all cases, the use rights are determined by the product that is licensed, not the version of the product that is installed. As an example, if you license a 2008 product version, but want to run the 2005 version of the same product instead, the use rights for the 2008 version apply to your use of the software.

In SPLA, your use rights are determined by the following factors:

  • The date you started your software service with the Microsoft software
  • The version of the Microsoft software that was available at the time your service started
  • To demonstrate how use rights flow when continuing on an earlier version or when using prior version rights, the following table highlights three basic scenarios
Scenario Use Rights
Partner A uses product version 2003 and continues to use it after the release of product version 2008. Partner A uses product version 2003 subject to the product version 2003 Use Rights.
Partner A eventually migrates to product version 2008. Partner A uses product version 2008 subject to the product version 2008 Use Rights.
Partner B begins using product version 2008 after product version 2008 releases, but they need to run product version 2003 for their service/offering. Partner B uses prior version rights to install product version 2003. They run product version 2003 subject to the product version 2008 use rights.

By enabling prior version rights in SPLA, Service Providers can support a wide variety of applications. It also ensures that this aspect of SPLA is aligned with Microsoft other Volume Licensing programs such as the Open License and Select License programs.


 

Product Changes, Additions and Deletions

Windows Server Changes
Microsoft is introducing a new “Outsourcer” definition for Windows Server in SPLA beginning in July and will no longer leverage Authenticated or Anonymous within the Windows Server lineup. Please click on http://www.insight.com/spla and view the SPLA Essentials Program Brief for more details.

Windows Remote Desktop Services replaces Windows Terminal Services (new SKU and new name)

Product Additions

  • Exchange Server 2010 (effective Oct 1st)
  • Forefront Threat Management Gateway 2010 Standard and Enterprise (effective Oct 1st)
  • Windows Server 2008 R2 OEM
  • Windows Server 2008 R2 Standard, Enterprise, and Datacenter
  • Windows Server 2008 R2 Standard, Enterprise, and Datacenter for Outsourcing
  • Windows 7 Professional Upgrade
  • Windows Web Server 2008 R2

Product Deletions

  • Exchange Server 2007 Standard and Enterprise (effective Oct 1st)
  • Internet Security and Acceleration Sever 2006 (effective Oct 1st)
  • Windows Server 2008 OEM
  • Windows Server 2008 Standard and Enterprise
  • Windows Server 2008 Standard and Enterprise without Hyper-V™
  • Windows Server 2008 Anonymous Datacenter
  • Windows Server 2008 Anonymous Datacenter without Hyper-V™

 

Online Spur Tool

Please click here to view the tool: http://www.microsoft.com/licensing/spur/products.aspx

Online SPUR At-A-Glance

  • Customize a SPUR report based on ONLY the product(s) you need and require
  • Individual product-level of granularity
  • View Output reports online or download a custom Word .doc
  • Archive record for past SPUR documents

Customize a SPUR Report
A customer (or user) can build a report based on only the products they select. The inputs are organized into two main categories; Subscriber Access License and Per Processor.

Individual Product "Granularity" in Output
Building on report customization, the output report is tailored to the explicit products selected and includes only relevant general terms, additional products, exceptions, etc. Rather than a customer examining a 67-page SPUR for information pertaining to their situation, they now receive a ~16 page document, allowing them to access what they are looking for much quicker.

View Output Reports
Based on preference, a user can quickly view their output report online, or download the customized Word document.

Archive Past SPURs
Using April 2009 as a baseline, each subsequent SPUR will be archived online. If a customer wants to examine rights for previous purchases, no need to go back and find old SPURs. They will simply alter the date online, search for a product(s), and view the use rights.


Categories: Licensing

Sharepoint 2010 stuff

October 23, 2009 Comments off
 
Some Sharepoint 2010 resources….
 
 
http://sharepoint2010.microsoft.com/Pages/default.aspx  ….BTW This site is running on Sharepoint.
 
Categories: Sharepoint

Migration to Microsoft Online Services from Exchange and Non-Microsoft Platforms

October 18, 2009 Comments off

BPOS Blogs

October 15, 2009 Comments off
Some useful blogs….
 
 
‘Notes from the Cloud’ – MS Online Services Team Blog – http://blogs.technet.com/msonline/archive/2009/10/13/notes-from-the-cloud-oct-13.aspx

Comparing oranges to oranges: Microsoft’s hosted collaboration suites vs. IBM’s LotusLive iNotes

October 5, 2009 Comments off
Read more at ZDNet on Microsoft Blog… http://blogs.zdnet.com/microsoft/?p=4139
 
 
 
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