Great news: Microsoft licensing changes

Microsoft have recently announced some fantastic licensing changes. The new changes let our customers bring a selection of Open Licence and Open Value MS licences to the WMS platform. This means more flexibility and lower costs for longer-term and ongoing deployments.

License Mobility

Taking effect on 1 July 2011, Microsoft are updating the Product Use Rights (license terms for products purchased through a Volume License Programme such as Open License or Open Value) to allow customers with Software Assurance on certain server applications more flexibility.

This update is great as currently you can only mix Volume License and SPLA on hardware that is dedicated to you.

The change is welcomed by WMS as it permits WMS customers to either install their software on dedicated servers (i.e. on premise) or on shared Infrastructure as a Service (IAAS) platforms like Where’s My Server.

For example, if you have bought Exchange Server Standard/CALs via Open Value you are able to either install Exchange on a local on-premise server or alternatively on a WMS hosted server.

Windows Server is not eligible for License Mobility so you still need to license Windows Server as normal (either Per SAL or Per Processor).

Server Applications that License Mobility covers:

  • SQL Server
  • Exchange Server
  • SharePoint Server
  • Lync Server
  • System Center servers
  • Dynamics CRM

License Mobility does not cover Windows Server

Currently we charge for MS licenses one month in advance on the 1st of each month.

You can view your current MS license costs by logging into the WMS console and clicking 'Account' then 'Software License'

If you want BYO licences, you must let us know before the 1st of the month so we can remove the charges (just get in touch via support).

You can read more information on these changes at the following URLs
http://www.microsoft.com/licensing/about-licensing/value-of-volume-licensing.aspx#tab=4
http://www.hosting-university.com/contentupdates/index.php/2011/04/05/microsoft-licensing-mobility-software-assurance-benefit-and-top-10-questions-answers/

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