Microsoft collects money in advance for future upgrades during a volume licensing agreement and then keeps the money if it doesnt deliver. Windows 10 enterprise with or without software assurance, an. Discounted microsoft products are available with or without software assurance. Without software assurance use ecs bare metal instance or dedicated host to bypass the software assurance and take full advantage of ecs hardware that is exclusive to you. This benefit can also help you lower your operating costs by using an authorized mobility partners shared infrastructure.
License mobility through software assurance gives you the ability to deploy certain server applications with active software assurance onpremises or in the cloud, without having to buy additional licenses. Software assurance disaster recovery rights clarification. Microsoft made a few changes to the licensing of available versions when it rolled out windows 10. Microsoft made a few changes to the licensing of available versions when it rolled out win dows 10. Software assurance by product microsoft volume licensing. Microsoft adds sql server disaster recovery use rights. Internal assignment of licenses and software assurance. Software assurance benefits help you take full advantage of your investments in it. Microsoft software assurance is a service offered by microsoft that allows you to receive complimentary upgrades on microsoft software available through the donation program at any time within two years of your initial request from the donation program. Software assurance purchasing and benefit management is available.
Yes, but youll get another key if you do this you cant add more to your existing key. Microsoft restricts reassigning a license from one server to another or from one device to another more frequently than every 90 days this is often referred to as microsoft s reassignment rule. I was wondering why there is no option to buy windows enterprise ltsb upgrade without software assurance. License mobility through software assurance enhances the value of volume licenses with software assurance by extending their use to the cloud. Product and licensing faq configuration manager microsoft. The microsoft desktop optimization pack mdop became an integral part of the windows enterprise sa benefits and is therefore no longer available as an addon to purchase from this version on. Microsoft adds option to buy windows enterprise edition.
It is our assertion that software assurance is not automatically a requirement for moving. Microsoft software assurance what it is and how it applies to. View your relationship summary and license summary details. Should i buy software assurance with my microsoft licenses. Software assurance spans microsoft s range of software products and services, helping you get the most out of your microsoft investment. Understand the latest changes to microsoft licensing. When office 2010 is released you are licensed to use office 2010.
If you have 200 2012 cals and then upgrade to 2015 say you would have to buy all the cals again without sa. One of the major benefits customers have seen from microsofts software assurance sa is the ability to migrate from a lower to higher edition software without incurring full licensing costs for both editions by using what is called a stepup license. Solved when is software assurance required with windows 10. Find out about the basics of microsoft volume licensing programs, which include software assurance, shared source, open license, select license, select plus, enterprise agreement, enterprise subscription agreement, and product keys. Microsoft changed this month how it offers its windows enterprise edition licensing. A comprehensive program that includes a unique set of technologies, services, and rights to help deploy, manage, and use microsoft products efficiently, software assurance helps keep your business up to date and ready to respond quickly to change and opportunity. Office standard 2016, office professional plus 2016, or office 2016 for mac standard licenses without software assurance purchased prior to august 1, 2016, will included rights to use createeditsave functionality in the new office online server without restriction through august 1, 2019.
Learn about microsoft software assurance tools and resources that can help your company deploy, manage, and maximize your volume licensing purchases. Software assurance with most volume licensing products it donates through techsoup canada. Microsoft open license is a software volume licensing program designed for corporate, government, charity, and academic customers who order as few as five licenses. For instance, without software assurance, you wouldnt be able to use.
License for vm mobility across private and public clouds. If you have purchased software assurance with your microsoft software, you may be able to take advantage of your existing microsoft volume licensing investments and move to the aws cloud without paying additional microsoft licensing fees. Microsofts general advice is that software assurance is now required to move sql server virtual machines vms from one physical host to another more. Windows 10 enterprise ltsb and software assurance good evenenig. On the following pages is a current list of partners who are authorized to assist microsoft volume licensing customers to deploy their dedicated application server workloads using license mobility through software assurance. So, if we purchase enterprise upgrades under vl without sa for windows 10 enterprise anniversary update, the license could be perpetual, but it would really be usable for for the support life of anniversary update 12.
One of the major benefits customers have seen from microsoft s software assurance sa is the ability to migrate from a lower to higher edition software without incurring full licensing costs for both editions by using what is called a stepup license. Microsoft software assurance has always been a gamble. A new license is now available that lets configuration manager customers with software assurance get intune pc management rights without having to purchase an additional intune license. They can be renewed by requesting a standalone software assurance product through techsoup up to 90 days before the end of the twoyear term, but not after the benefits have already expired.
Sql server licensing mobility without software assurance. For customers without software assurance, we recommend customers move to azure sql database managed instance for their sql server 2008 environments. License mobility through microsoft software assurance gives microsoft volume licensing customers the flexibility to deploy certain server applications with active software assurance onpremises or in the cloud, without having to buy additional licenses. Software licensing advisors licensing brief general license assignment rules by default, microsoft assigns licenses to either users or physical devices. Feb 04, 2020 how can a customer calculate the esu price of the following situation. If you had purchased office 2007 without software assurance, you would have to pay the full price of office 2010 to obtain a license. Microsoft officials note that beginning october 1 onpremises licenses purchased without software assurance and mobility rights cannot be deployed with dedicated hosted cloud services offered by. Without software assurance, licenses can be moved from one server to another only once every 90 days. Dec 23, 2014 as i have explained before, a software license is a set of rights granted to you by the manufacturer that governs how you use the software. Licensing and branches configuration manager microsoft. Discounted microsoft products are available with or without software. Software assurance is a comprehensive volume licensing program that includes a unique set of technologies, services, and rights to help you deploy, manage. Windows server licences are not eligible for licence mobility through software assurance, but customers licensing windows server with software assurance can utilise the azure hybrid benefit for a cheaper perminute cost when running a windows virtual machine. If you also have active software assurance for your office suite license, the primary user of the licensed.
With new version rights, each microsoft product license that is covered by active software assurance can be upgraded to the most recent version for no additional cost. License mobility through microsoft software assurance. Updated licensing terms for dedicated hosted cloud services. The licence to run windows server in the azure environment is, by default, included in the perminute cost of your windows virtual machine. The right to install the software on more than one machine. License mobility through software assurance guide microsoft commercial licensing 1 chapter 1. Product entries provide program availability, product conditions, use rights, and software assurance terms. Sometimes we box ourselves in by focusing on the price of the sa instead of the value that the software brings to our company and how we use the software.
Mpsa works best for organizations that want to license microsoft onpremises software, cloud services, or both as neededwith no organizationwide commitment and multiyear subscription options under a single, nonexpiring agreement. The volume licensing service center vlsc gives you easy access to. How to use or renew your software assurance benefits techsoup. The document is frequently asked questions about product licensing. Windows 10 enterprise with or without software assurance. A new license is now available that lets configuration manager customers with software assurance get intune pc management rights without having to purchase an additional intune license for comanagement.
For more information on bringing licenses without software assurance or license mobility benefits, please visit this section of the faq. Do microsoft customers really need software assurance. Key requirement to leverage ahb or license mobility offers is an active software assurance for the server product or an active server product subscription. Application server products eligible for license mobility through software assurance, including microsoft exchange server, microsoft sharepoint server, and microsoft sql server, are identified in the microsoft product terms. Sql server licensing mobility without software assurance pica. Microsoft sql server license date customer options. And if we want to, we can add more licenses such as long as its the same version without software assurance. Microsoft s general advice is that software assurance is now required to move sql server virtual machines vms from one physical host to another more frequently than microsoft s 90day limit on license reassignment permits. Faqs license what is included in the software assurance. The license mobility benefit is available to microsoft customers with eligible server applications covered by active microsoft software assurance. In the windows server 2016 licensing guide for the software assurance disaster recovery rights it states the following. Microsoft license mobility and limitations miro consulting. For instance, without software assurance, you wouldnt be able to use windows server 2016 cals on windows server 2019.
Why microsoft software assurance customers never win. For sql server customers with corebased licensing and software assurance coverage, broader benefits are available under azure hybrid benefit rights. In addition to new product version rights, software assurance can also include other benefits such as. With an unshared server, you take control of compliance requirements and, furthermore, save on license fees. The status of software assurance on your configuration manager licenses, or equivalent subscription rights, on or after october 1, 2016, determines the branch you can install and use.
Software assurance benefits microsoft volume licensing. Microsoft license mobility through software assurance. Compare software assurance benefits across microsoft volume licensing programs. Microsoft differentiates license and software assurance.
Licensing and branches configuration manager microsoft docs. Access all your licensing information in one location. What is microsoft software assurance and how do i access it. Licensing programmes eligibility requirements microsoft azure. Software assurance customers who license sql by core also have the option of migrating to azure using the azure hybrid benefit ahb.
Microsoft s software assurance gives you automatic access to new technology and provides productivity benefits, support, tools, and training to help deploy and use software efficiently. Microsoft licenses with license mobility through software assurance can be used on dedicated hosted cloud services from any listed provider who is also an authorized mobility partner. Licensing microsoft products windows server and microsoft. Open value subscription for education solutions is a commitmentbased microsoft volume licensing agreement for academic organizations with five or more ftes or students that want to license organizationwide. Microsoft volume licensing frequently asked questions faqs. Without software assurance, vm density is limited to one vm per enterprise edition core license. Licensing programs eligibility requirements microsoft. Vm license mobility is a software assurance benefit. License mobility through software assurance gives microsoft volume licensing customers the flexibility to deploy eligible server applications with active software assurance on azure.
Microsoft volume licensing microsoft software assurance. Customer owns licenses to microsoft sql server 2017 or previous versions with or without software assurance and want to move to vmware cloud on aws. Customers may purchase depending on the program, a license without software assurance, software assurance only but only to be used in combination with an existing license, both a license and software assurance together. Microsoft volume licensing product licensing search. Microsoft licenses with software assurance can be used with the updated azure hybrid benefit. What microsofts upcoming outsourcing licensing changes. Under microsoft s licensing terms, client access licenses cals, external connector licenses ecls, and management licenses mls must be for a version equal to or later than their server software. Licensing programs eligibility requirements microsoft azure. Software assurance benefits included with microsoft donations. Microsoft software assurance sa is a microsoft maintenance program aimed at business.
Introduction to cloud services this guide gives you an overview of microsoft license mobility through software assurance, which is available as a software assurance benefit, and outlines the detailed requirements and steps to use this benefit. For example, if a new version of windows is released during the term of your agreement, your licenses are automatically upgraded to the new version. Customers can also migrate to payasyougo azure virtual machines. If you do not have your access id, contact your software assurance benefits administrator or microsoft sales representative. Software assurance helps keep your business up to date with a unique set of technologies, and services, and rights to maximize your microsoft investment. Other than backup instances running on microsoft azure services, a windows server license is not required for the disaster recovery server if the hyperv role within windows server is used to replicate virtual oses from the production server at a primary site to a. Eliminating sa on some products can lead to savings of 20, 30 or 40 percent of your annual maintenance spend. A new windows enterprise edition standalone upgrade offering, not requiring software assurance sa coverage. You can follow the question or vote as helpful, but you cannot reply to this thread. Software assurance leistung, open licence, open value, open value.
Microsoft hikes cost of licensing its software on rival. Microsoft makes significant licensing changes softwareone. With this software assurance benefit, there is no need to purchase new licenses and no associated mobility fees so, you can easily deploy existing licenses on the. Microsoft software assurance support incident submission. Frequently asked questions about frequently asked questions. You cant add software assurance to a license if 90 days have passed. Software assurance often includes an additional set of rights that give you more freedom with the software. Additional services, which may be required for updating or upgrading, are not included.
For information on using this benefit, visit license mobility through software assurance. So, if we purchase enterprise upgrades under vl without sa for windows 10 enterprise anniversary update, the license could be perpetual, but it would really be usable for for the support life of anniversary update 12 years. May 23, 20 the real issue to consider is what role does the software play within your organization and how does the software benefit the company. The tables below summarize the key difference between ahb and licenses mobility for sql server and windows server. This change makes it easier for you to manage windows devices with microsoft endpoint manager. Microsoft license mobility through software assurance allows many microsoft software licenses to be brought into the aws cloud for use with amazon ec2. Microsoft software assurance leistungsubersicht lizenzen. Beginning october 1, 2019, onpremises licenses purchased without software assurance and mobility rights cannot be deployed with dedicated hosted cloud services offered by.
Not every microsoft customer needs software assurance on all of the vendors offerings. After the initial order, customers can benefit from volume pricing for all licenses for the remainder of the term of their open license authorization number. Microsoft has also announced, effective october 1st 2019, a material update to its longstanding outsourcer licensing terms that will impact customers who have purchased licenses without software assurance sa and mobility rights assigned to dedicated host infrastructure services, provided by a discrete list of named listed providers. Existing software assurance coverage and benefits from another volume licensing program for example, microsoft select plus, microsoft enterprise agreement, or microsoft open license are. Stepup your microsoft licensing with software assurance. In anticipation of our upcoming microsoft licensing seminar in new york on 21st october 2015, our analyst david foxen interviewed steven kelley director of software licensing advisors and one of the expert speakers at our new york event his session software assurance placing bets on microsoft s future will delve into why he thinks microsoft software assurance customers. This language is found in the enterprise agreement section 5, transferring and assigning licenses. Microsoft collects money in advance for future upgrades during a volumelicensing agreement and then keeps the money if it doesnt deliver.
Haufig gestellte fragen uber software assurance microsoft. Please check with microsoft azure or these partners to confirm which. With software assurance, you receive access to new versions of licensed software released during the term of your agreement to deploy at your own pace. Software assurance is a collection of benefits included with microsoft. Software assurance benefits expire after two years. Your organizations software assurance benefits administrator receives an access id after clicking activate on the 24x7 benefit in the volume licensing service center vlsc. Solved when is software assurance required with windows. Microsoft restricts reassigning a license from one server to another or from one device to another more frequently than every 90 days this is often referred to as microsofts reassignment rule. The software assurance sa is valid per 1 license server for 1 year from the date of product license purchase. Microsoft software assurance, do you really need it.514 1500 717 1526 549 732 364 1554 1491 1306 1537 1445 1591 947 1524 901 1118 1172 688 818 1204 1300 1328 700 1112 1150 690 358 914 482 1099 71 284 358 810 1485 1197 1141 801 916 1395 170 1184 177 427 641 948 696