Microsoft Licensing and Services Update November 2017

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This month we launched a multi-channel marketing campaign, with our “AWS Advantage” service – launched at AWS Re:Invent 2017. Expanding our core competency in Microsoft Advisory and SAM to deliver workload optimisation on AWS as part of a Multi-Cloud strategy.

SoftwareONE co-ordinated a Multi-Cloud service across the SoftwareONE Blog and MicrosoftLicenseReview.com, with Infographic,  Whitepaper, and Event at Mercedes World. Thank you to all our clients that attended with us, and enjoyed some time on the track.

Please find the latest licensing and Microsoft updates roundup for November 2017 :

  • Azure Reserved VM Instances are now available in all EA programs and on Azure.com https://goo.gl/hqe6xS
  • Azure Monetary Commitment funds can be used throughout the term of the enrollment for new orders through the EA Prepay (3 year upfront) option. New/Renewal direct EA customers will be billed quarterly for all coverages
  • Microsoft extend Microsoft365 GDPR reporting and management with Compliance Manager in Preview https://t.co/BaOQNlNUGI
  • Are you getting ready for the new Microsoft Licensing MCP – you can check out the refreshed online training from Get Licensing Ready
  • New Features for Office365 from October https://goo.gl/NGYQ3X
  • Editions and Supported Features of SQL Server 2017 https://goo.gl/TvG5RJ
  • Azure Info Protection scanner crawls through files in CIFS based file shares and SharePoint sites and apply classification, labeling and protection on files  policies – driving AD Premium – https://goo.gl/vMEXt3
  • Cloud App Security can read files classified by Azure Info Protection Scanner and set policies based on the file labels: https://goo.gl/mo5kZw
  • Need to control/restrict service access to Office365 services with Intune You will currently need Conditional Access via Azure AD Premium P1  https://goo.gl/EYKjc7
  • Microsoft approaching 1 billion identities synced with Azure AD  https://goo.gl/Tq65xy
  • Office365 and Azure are both GA from UK data centers. Microsoft marketing MoD move: https://goo.gl/9KrE7W
  • Microsoft update MAP Toolkit ready for SQL 2017 https://t.co/8YMVDjCTFw
  • If some users do not have a license for Azure Information Protection but do have a license for Azure Rights Management, edit the registry on these users’ computers to prevent them from running unlicensed features https://goo.gl/W9EiJ3
  • Where Microsoft Teams and Yammer fit in a ECM architecture https://goo.gl/RGzdtg

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A Primer on Secure Productivity Enterprise (And Why It’s Great for Microsoft)

In July 2016, Microsoft officially announced a new licensing package called ‘Secure Productive Enterprise‘ (SPE) as a new strategic licensing initiative to drive adoption of Microsoft Cloud Services.

SPE represents a bold strategic play by Microsoft to present an increase in committed cloud spend to investors. The new licensing vehicles, incentivise business customers to both upgrade and commit to keystone solutions like Windows and Office, secured by  cloud supported security and ongoing feature updates; tightly packaged with Office365 productivity services and cloud based identity management.

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The Secure Productive Enterprise is also a play to usurp competitors, leveraging market predominance in certain keystone solutions, like Windows, Office, AD, and Exchange; to annex market share across security, identity and telecommunications sectors, and Microsoft are betting big that a tightly integrated keystone solutions and services portfolio, with strong feature dependencies across the wider solutions and services stack, will allow Microsoft to move into and secure new markets.

Microsoft are changing how they work with their global partner ecosystem. The global rebates and incentives programmes, are strongly focused on adoption of cloud services, with limited incentive for advice on licensing. The communication strategy is one of ‘simplification’ with a single user-based subscription model. Microsoft are hoping to focus communication on how cloud can enable business objectives and promote productivity, and talk less about licensing and pricing.

The third pillar of this multi faceted strategy is contract simplification. The traditional vehicle for business customers was to buy an Enterprise Agreement (EA) for committed spend Select Plus for transactional software. However, with the organic sprawl of strategic initiatives across client computing, core infrastructure and databases, and cloud IaaS and PaaS, customers were soon finding themselves signatories to a plethora of contractual documents. The MPSA (Microsoft Products and Services Agreement) represents the contractual ‘simplification’ plan to provide a single contractual vehicle for procurement of Microsoft solutions and services. The  committed spend packages of the Enterprise Agreement, are  consolidated as ‘Enterprise Advantage on MPSA’ under a single MPSA contract umbrella, enabled by a digital pricing and ordering platform, to accelerate the closure process and deal cadence.

The fourth pillar, is about accelerating commitment to cloud services, while customers continue to leverage existing software investments. The Secure Productive Enterprise enables customers to sign up to cloud services, but maintain access to on-premise applications services (like Exchange, SharePoint or Skype for Business), or enable the business to access a cloud supported Office (Office365 ProPlus) but continue to run a traditional install (Office Pro Plus MSI), without paying concurrently for on premise software and cloud. This is a compelling message, and supports the Microsoft mantra of ‘simplification’. The drawback, however,  is that Microsoft haven’t completely trusted their customers to adopt cloud under this model. The on premise software rights are limited by conservative restrictive software use terms and loss of perpetual rights, with caveats as to eligibility. Investors may seen a keen uptake in cloud committed spend, but the actual adoption may be deferred. The advantage to Microsoft is they have secured committed annuity with customers unlikely to renew into more costly on premise annuity models.

The fifth and final pillar is about cost reduction and cloud ecosystem enablement. Microsoft have announced that ‘EA on MPSA‘ will be an indirect contract sold via a channel model. This enables two key programme initiatives, firstly, strategic cloud licensing packages can be sold as scale, and supported by an ecosystem of service providers with complimentary digital platforms, solutions, and managed services. Secondly, Microsoft are starting to drive a global cost reduction programmes by passing on the cost of transaction and cloud support services to the channel.

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A Course for Success

Microsoft is charting a course, and starting to turn the ship. The decision to move from a direct, to an indirect model will bring the strategy ‘full circle’, driving channel partners  to reduce margins, supplemented by complimentary services. Simply directing customers towards ‘strategic cloud’ initiatives like Secure Productive Enterprise (SPE) and Azure, will maintain revenue streams based on rebates and incentives in the short term, but success for partners and customers will be dependent on their investment in digital platforms to enable and manage the cloud, technology and advisory services to enable return on investment and cost reduction, and also access to capital to support an indirect resell model.

The Microsoft partners that thrive would have seen the course and not only reacted, but accelerated ahead of the competition, balancing Microsoft’s ‘modern licensing’ strategy with the needs and interests of their customers.

The success for Microsoft will be dependent on implementation, Secure Productivity Enterprise could hyper-scale and be incredibly successful, but could still be held back by conservative licensing restrictions.


About

This website is a way to give back to the licensing community and as an information resource for all customers that work with Microsoft software and licensing. I hope you find it of value.

Tony Mackelworth is Head of Microsoft Advisory Services at SoftwareONE

If you would like to reach out for a coffee, or a meeting under NDA, Email or connect via Twitter or LinkedIn


Disclaimer

  • This article is not intended to replace the Product Terms
  • This article is not intended to replace the Product Use Rights or Product List or Online Service Terms or other binding contractual documents
  • Please be aware that any licensing, or product information could be subject to change.
  • This document confers no rights and is provided for information purposes only.
  • Please be aware, my own emphasis may have been added to quotations and extracts from 3rd party sources.
  • This is not official guidance from Microsoft or its subsidiaries.
  • The following article is based on open information shared with Licensing Solutions Providers (LSPs) and based on  personal inference and understanding.
  • This document is provided “as-is”. Information and views expressed in this document, including URL and other Internet Web site references, may change without notice. This document does not provide you with any legal rights to any intellectual property in any Microsoft product.
  • Please be aware that nothing in this document constitutes specific technical advice. Some of the material in this document may have been prepared some time ago and therefore may have been superseded. Specialist advice from the vendor should be taken in relation to specific circumstances.
  • The contents of this document are for general information purposes only. Whilst the author endeavors to ensure that the information on this document is correct, no warranty, express or implied, is given as to its accuracy and the primary author or it’s contributing Authors do not accept any liability for error or omission.
  • The contributing authors and owner of this document shall not be liable for any damage (including, without limitation, damage for loss of business or loss of profits) arising in contract, tort or otherwise from the use of, or inability to use, this website or any material contained in it, or from any action or decision taken as a result of using this website or any such material.
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Microsoft Licensing and Services Update Q4 Roundup (April-June) 2016

MLR Insights

For your Enterprise Architecture (EA) Board, keeping on top of solution, service and feature updates for principle technology providers like Microsoft can be a challenge.
Getting a clear view of the Microsoft current and planned technology roadmap, deprecated and new features of owned technologies or those they plan to invest in, and the associated impact of software use terms (licensing changes) and price increases can have a material impact on your current and planned technology roadmap and IT budget.

Getting a clear updated technology and licensing roadmap can help inform a predictable commercial forecast, identify new service enhancements or opportunities for technology consolidation and identify opportunities for cost savings and cost avoidance, and risk mitigation from non-compliance or un-budgeted spend.

Please find below a snapshot of some of the principle product, feature and licensing updates so far in 2016:

April 2016

  • SQL Server 2016 will be available June 1st. Price file is not yet released.
  • Windows Server 2016 new licensing data metrics must be considered – Datacenter Edition supports unlimited OSEs, Hyper-V Containers and Windows Server Containers. Standard Edition provides rights TO 2 OSEs of Hyper-V contained and unlimited Hyper-V containers. Shielded VMs only available in Datacenter Edition. Nano Server available in both editions. Expected GA in October (TBC).
  • Reminder: July 1, 2016 Select Plus Retirement for Commercial customers – no new orders.
  • Windows10 “Anniversary Edition” adds Windows Defender Advanced Threat Protection (ATP). Windows Hello. http://goo.gl/5Ziipl
  • Windows10 “Anniversary Edition” will provide Bash Linux terminal http://goo.gl/DqF8cD
  • Windows10 “Anniversary Edition”: EDP (Enterprise Data Protection) for local device file encryption from corporate sources w. privileged app controls http://goo.gl/vu7Lq5
  • Office365 Cloud App Security was added to Product Terms and OST in April 2016. Generally Available.
  • Server 2005 now out of support from April 12th 2016. https://goo.gl/2uAApc
  • Exchange Server 2007 is out of support in less than a year. http://goo.gl/WwxbTc
  • SQL Server ‘Incremental Servicing Model’ will proactively place CUs to Windows Update Catalog  https://goo.gl/tjmJmW
  • SQL 2016 Release Candidate 3 Available https://goo.gl/R2HqDz
  • April 1st SQL Developer only available via Dev Essentials (free). Enterprise Bits. No Downgrade Rights: look to MSDN https://goo.gl/ZacH8U
  • Azure Container Service own Generally Available
  • Skype for Business PSTN licensing FAQs https://goo.gl/HOV6BA
  • Customer Lockbox Office365 E5 expands. Exchange Online to SharePoint Online and OneDrive for Business from Q2 2016
  • Office365 App Discovery and App Permissions available via E5 from April 2016
  • Cloud App Security Broker, incorporating the Adallom acquisition, rolls out April 2016 for Office365 Plan E5
  • Dynamics AX “For SA” and “Step-up” licenses available: April 1,2016.

March 2016

  • SharePoint Enterprise Edition 2016 license required for Project Server 2016. Not available w. Standard license ref: https://goo.gl/mjhMjq GA expected in May 2016 before end of FY.
  • SharePoint 2016 RTM w. Project Server 2016 features released. GA expected early May. https://goo.gl/94RCrB
  • New article on License Mobility and CALs on my blog: http://MicrosoftLicenseReview.com
  • Microsoft advertise “Break free from Oracle”, but could our customers lock themselves in with Microsoft? SA Only Subscription via an SCE w. SA enterprise-wide “offer” required https://goo.gl/jUEbDw
  • Software Assurance for SQL will enable future deployment right on Linux https://goo.gl/cAJlaS
  • SQL 2016 Azure Stretch DB Pricing. Introduces DBU ‘Database Stretch Unit’ Metric https://goo.gl/cjZbRd
  • Microsoft support Forbidden Technologies Forscene on Azure Marketplace. Shares soar reportedly ~60% http://goo.gl/qpsBvm
  • Azure Search Basic Tier enters Public Preview https://goo.gl/jH4mtq
  • SQL 2016 expected for Linux Ubuntu RedHat on-premise and cloud. (Expect a Service Branch Update Model w.SA) http://goo.gl/OaIxZR
  • Microsoft announce Windows Defender Advanced Threat Protection for Windows10. Compliments ATA and ATP. https://goo.gl/iYBL0W
  • FAQs WinSvr Azure Hybrid SA Benefit base compute rate equals 1 Linux VM. Run 2 VMs up to 8 cores, or one 16 cores https://goo.gl/mbPE8F Could see savings for higher end D Series VMs under this benefit!
  • Great resource: Azure Billing and Subscriptions FAQs https://goo.gl/jqRQ1c
  • Azure AD Identity Protection Preview. ML enabled threat analytics for Cloud identities. Compliments ATA for on-premise https://goo.gl/lBmQcv
  • Customer Lockbox Office365 E5 expands. From Exchange Online to SharePoint Online and OneDrive for Business from Q2 2016! http://goo.gl/gWv061
  • Be aware that Office365 dynamic Groups could ‘pull in’ Azure AD Premium Subscriptions for every directory query! http://goo.gl/8Hbpsb
  • Office365 App Discovery and App Permissions available via E5 from April 2016 https://goo.gl/OzOI7Q
  • Cloud App Security Broker, incorporating the Adallom acquisition, rolls out April 2016 for #Office365 Plan E5 https://goo.gl/jplLo3
  • Office 365 Pro Plus 2016 CBB (Current Branch for Business) now renamed ‘Deferred Channel
  • Office365 Pro Plus and Office365 Plan E3 to E5 via Tier 1 CSP and SPLA (with Amendment). RD model for Shared Computer Activation (CSA)
  • Office365 SA re-attach now available with EA ‘From SA’ SKU.
  • Windows SA ‘Roaming’ extended use right for remote 3rd party ends Jan31st 2017 or with contract after date.
  • ISV ‘Self-Hosted Applications’ use right extended from dedicated to shared servers Customers can transition to Office365 E5 mid-term EA. New E3/E4 “Add-On” and only pay price differential.
  • March 1st 2016 Office365 Cloud “Add-Ons” available for Project and Visio.
  • Enterprise State Roaming enters Preview. Available with Azure AD Premium and Windows10 for App and OS Settings sync
  • The Windows Server Hybrid Use Benefit Azure SA Benefit is GA. Customers must use PowerShell and specify ‘licenseType’ under Azure Hybrid Use Benefit. Pay only Azure base instance up-to 16 cores (min 8) Could save on higher end D series VMs!

February 2016

  • April 1, 2016, Norwegian krone prices for enterprise cloud and software will increase by 15 to 23 percent to realign close to euro levels.  Simultaneously, Swiss franc prices for enterprise software will decrease by 10 percent to realign close to euro levels
  • Azure: Until now, in addition to the Monetary Commitment SKUs that cover multiple Azure Products, there have been two SKUs on the price list for each Azure Meter; 1) A commitment SKU: This was used in the background to decrement the Azure Monetary commitment as the customer uses the specific Azure services. 2) An overage SKU that is used to invoice any additional use of Azure Services above the Monetary Commitment that they made.
  • From the February 2016 effective price list, the commitment meter SKUs were removed. This does not impact  the Monetary Commitment SKU. Price List Guide
  • Azure AD Identity Protection in Public Preview. ML enabled threat analytics for Cloud identities. An addition to EMS or AD Premium that compliments ATA for on-premise https://goo.gl/lBmQcv 
  • Customer Lockbox Office365 E5 expands: Exchange Online to SharePoint Online and OneDrive for Business from Q2 2016 http://goo.gl/gWv061
  • Be aware TCO: Office365 dynamic Groups could ‘pull in’ Azure AD Premium Subscriptions for every directory query http://goo.gl/8Hbpsb
  • Office365 App Discovery and App Permissions available via Office365 E5 from April 2016 https://goo.gl/OzOI7Q
  • Cloud App Security (CAS) Broker, incorporating the Adallom acquisition, rolls out April 2016 for Office365 Plan E5 https://goo.gl/jplLo3 
  • ISV ‘Self-Hosted Applications’ use right extended from dedicated to shared servers option. Ref: Product Terms, Feb 2016 p6.
  • Microsoft updated how they approach rental PC market for licensing Office and Windows in February: https://goo.gl/hKOTRz
  • Customers can transition to Office365 E5 mid-term EA. New E3/E4 “Add-On” Step Up converts to an E5 Add-on and only pay price differential.
  • Product Terms: Office365 SA reattach w. EA ‘From SA’ SKU.
  • Windows SA ‘Roaming’ right for remote 3rd party ends Jan31st 2017 or w. contract after date.
  • Windows10 CBB (Current Branch for Business) now renamed ‘Deferred Channel’ https://goo.gl/PfQwCk
  • Office365 Pro Plus and E3-E5 via T1 CSP, or SPLA (w. Amendment). RD model for Shared Computer Activation (CSA) http://goo.gl/j9p2Kl
  • Enterprise State Roaming enters Preview. Available with Azure AD Premium and Windows10 for App and OS Settings sync https://goo.gl/zCel8t
  • The Windows Server Hybrid Use Azure SA Benefit is GA https://goo.gl/WTcBU1
  • Exchange public folder mailbox limits are increasing from 100 to 1000 for Exchange Online over February! http://goo.gl/UIXJQL
  • Exchange Deployment  Advisor updated for 2016 scenarios https://goo.gl/yosUrk
  • Exchange 2013 and 2016 exmon (user monitor) Tool now available for download http://goo.gl/pMCsfg
  • Microsoft guidance in taking your application portfolio to the Azure cloud https://goo.gl/XGndqd 
  • SQL Server Express Images are in the Azure Gallery! https://goo.gl/E3h7MP
  • Azure Site Recovery (ASR) Licensing Whitepaper for Service Providers https://goo.gl/zDM3wS
  • Azure Container Service enters Public Preview https://goo.gl/uBvK8K
  • SQL Server Stretch DB enters Public Preview on Azure https://goo.gl/YKAHTL
  • RedHat Enterprise Linux on Azure Marketplace GA https://goo.gl/lGO7Gh
  • Microsoft Azure acquire Xamarin https://goo.gl/FYqBg0
  • New Admin control over Yammer licensing and access at user level, allow enforcement of #Office365 identity. https://goo.gl/8sti99
  • Microsoft have a new tool to support Azure data Import https://goo.gl/urDyuD
  • Good catch: You’ll need SCCM CML and SCEP subscription to manage Win Defender in Windows10 (or maintain CAL suite) http://goo.gl/HctF7O
  • New Azure Quick Start Templates https://goo.gl/P8BbyJ
  • New Windows10 Update History site provides archive of release notes http://goo.gl/YWXOGX

January 2016

  • Azure Pack Roadmap https://goo.gl/ZviLTg
  • Best practices for design and performance in SharePoint Online. http://ow.ly/XBgES
  • Log Analytics comes to Microsoft Operations Management Suite (MOMS) http://goo.gl/4DTYJz
  • Log Analytics comes to Microsoft Operations Management Suite (MOMS) http://goo.gl/4DTYJz
  • Latest encryption update whitepaper for Office365 on the service trust portal (get yourself an E3 to read it) https://goo.gl/q448qR
  • Playing hard ball: U.S. tells EU that Safe Harbor talks have “gone as far as we can go.” http://on.wsj.com/1nB3WYa
  • Improvements to Skype expected with Microsoft acquisition of Event Zero https://goo.gl/23Ii76
  • Core engine of Microsoft Edge, ‘chakracore’ will be Open Source https://goo.gl/g45u8n
  • You can now download the Nano Server 2016 VHD standalone http://goo.gl/zG1CBF
  • Impact of minimum 500 User EA/EAS. Subscription priority for MPSA. Q4 2016. Renew EAS until June, use  one time extension after July 1st
  • Microsoft Cloud Networking for Azure: Guidance Poster for Enterprise Architects https://goo.gl/crlcw2
  • Microsoft February price drop <17% for #Azure D series v2 instances. <10% for WinSvr Instances. Compete with AWS https://goo.gl/aCUQki
  • Azure SQL database index advisor enables #SQL tuning. Now Generally Available https://goo.gl/dEKm31
  • Azure RemoteApp extensibility with Premium/+Plus pricing tier for extra compute. <80% discount with EMS and RDS CALs https://goo.gl/vA9QOC
  • Microsoft allow international transfers to another user of some developer subscriptions https://goo.gl/XZejV2
  • Azure Role-Based Access Control (RABC) now Generally Available  https://goo.gl/vP19we
  • Microsoft make Azure MFA available as a USL under Volume Licensing. Don’t worry it’s still in AD Premium https://goo.gl/YHiYek
  • Reminder: Internet Explorer 11 is now the minimum supported browser for Windows 7 SP1 and Windows 8.1 Update https://goo.gl/gFRHc6
  • Remote Desktop Preview available for Windows10 Mobile and Continuum http://goo.gl/t7vMsF
  • StorSimple Virtual Array for Azure EA in Preview. ESX and Hyper-V. Storage Tiers for hot data and stale on Azure https://goo.gl/1bNjel
  • Hardware Specs for Microsoft Azure Stack http://goo.gl/4qT7jt
  • Windows Management Framework 5.0 RTM is now GA #PowerShell http://goo.gl/L97tN3
  • Aligning Your Cloud Strategy Across Your Technical, Procurement, and Licensing Teams http://hubs.ly/H01DM3q0
  • OneDrive for Business dissapoints E1 customers w.1TB limit. Extends ‘unlimited’ w. an increase to 5TB for E3,E4,E5 https://goo.gl/EBfVUn
  • OneDrive for Business next gen sync client supports 10GB files and 20,000 documents. https://goo.gl/4CQnEK
  • Microsoft gives Azure Machine Learning Excel AddIn http://goo.gl/gFzHIF
  • Azure IoT Suite predictive maintenance now Generally Available http://goo.gl/53KXJz
  • General Availability – Skype for Business for Android App https://goo.gl/6EVVPV
  • Microsoft IT case study – deploying Windows10 to 90K users in 9 weeks https://goo.gl/LfxrDN
  • System Center Current Branch General Availability v1511 http://goo.gl/8jF4Sa
  • Skype for Business Planning Tool https://goo.gl/cnBAhl
  • Microsoft release DskSpd storage testing tool https://goo.gl/npcBH2
  • Azure Remote App Windows Client MSI expected in Q1 2016 https://goo.gl/ndpbTn
  • Azure RemoteApp will provide Public Preview ability to publish specific applications to specific users https://goo.gl/ndpbTn  in Q1 2016
  • Azure RemoteApp expected availability on Cloud Solution Provider (CSP) Programme in March/April 2016 https://goo.gl/ndpbTn
  • Microsoft tell you to opt-in to keep your 15GB bonus on OneDrive https://goo.gl/URPIwI
  • Cortana integration with PowerBI is possible. Doing this : http://goo.gl/M3T3mI
  • SQL 2005 Upgrade Planning – Advice from the SQL group at Microsoft http://goo.gl/p094Q7
  • Azure RMS w. mailbox encryption and user rights policies could provide encryption functionality to E1 for users that don’t require all E3
  • You can backup Vmware on prem VMs to Azure via ASR Azure Site Recovery https://goo.gl/KVrqiC
  • Office365 Groups now supports eDiscovery, litigation hold and Auditing. Ability to convert distribution lists; APIs https://goo.gl/4GIdGU
  • Azur RemoteApp November Updates. Includes Intune MAM support http://goo.gl/VS2BMj
  • Azure RemoteApp Pricing Plans w. Basic, Standard, Premium. 5 USL minimum. Discount for EMS and RDS CAL w. SA https://goo.gl/rcQzPk
  • Updated Azure RemoteApp Roadmap https://goo.gl/ksAuCH
  • At last, Microsoft make it easier to schedule a meeting with FindTime for #Office365 https://goo.gl/NuRU8O
  • Polycom gets Skype Cloud PBX ready with line-up for new Voice devices http://goo.gl/0PrRnz
  • Service Update – Blockchain as a Service on Azure (Ethyreum via ConsenSys) https://goo.gl/MeRfdC
  • General Availability – Azure Automation https://goo.gl/KR7EWy
  • If you have Windows Server or System Center running on more than 8 cores per CPU, you could be spending more at SA renewal.
  • Microsoft Azure Stack https://goo.gl/JCb0Bp

December 2015


About

This website is a way to give back to the licensing community and as an information resource for all customers that work with Microsoft software and licensing. I hope you find it of value.

Tony Mackelworth is Head of Microsoft Advisory Services at SoftwareONE

If you would like to reach out for a coffee or a meeting under NDA, Email or connect via Twitter or LinkedIn


Disclaimer

  • This article is not intended to replace the Product Terms
  • This article is not intended to replace the Product Use Rights or Product List or Online Service Terms or other binding contractual documents
  • Please be aware that any licensing, or product information could be subject to change.
  • This document confers no rights and is provided for information purposes only.
  • Please be aware, my own emphasis may have been added to quotations and extracts from 3rd party sources.
  • This is not official guidance from Microsoft or its subsidiaries.
  • The following article is based on open information shared with Licensing Solutions Providers (LSPs) and based on  personal inference and understanding.
  • This document is provided “as-is”. Information and views expressed in this document, including URL and other Internet Web site references, may change without notice. This document does not provide you with any legal rights to any intellectual property in any Microsoft product.
  • Please be aware that nothing in this document constitutes specific technical advice. Some of the material in this document may have been prepared some time ago and therefore may have been superseded. Specialist advice from the vendor should be taken in relation to specific circumstances.
  • The contents of this document are for general information purposes only. Whilst the author endeavors to ensure that the information on this document is correct, no warranty, express or implied, is given as to its accuracy and the primary author or it’s contributing Authors do not accept any liability for error or omission.
  • The contributing authors and owner of this document shall not be liable for any damage (including, without limitation, damage for loss of business or loss of profits) arising in contract, tort or otherwise from the use of, or inability to use, this website or any material contained in it, or from any action or decision taken as a result of using this website or any such material.
  • This Disclaimer is not intended to and does not create any contractual or other legal rights.