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These Upcoming Changes WILL Affect Your SPLA Licensing Strategy

Thought-Leadership by Brett LaForge
on March 8, 2016

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With the upcoming Windows Server 2016 release (Aug/Sept 2016) Microsoft is removing processor licenses and adding core licenses to the SPUR. Previously, SPLA partners had to report each physical processor on each host. With the new licensing change, you must license each physical core. Below we highlight some of these changes:

Windows Server 2016 moving from a processor to core model

  • Windows Datacenter will allow unlimited VMs. Windows Standard 1

  • 8 core minimum per physical processor

  • Core licenses will be sold in packs of 2 cores (Similar to SQL)

  • Price for two packs is estimated to be ¼ the price of 1 processor

In our upcoming April 6th webinar, we’ll answer the below questions to help put you in the best position for Windows Server 2016:

  • Have you roadmapped your long term refresh cycle. 

  • Are you going to be upgrading to 2016 in the near future?

  • How many servers are you going to upgrade?

  • When does your Microsoft SPLA agreement expire?

  • Does it make sense to sign a new one prior to the change?  

Removal of the Rental PC Addendum for Service Providers

That’s right. If you are providing Windows 8/10 on a rental PC – STOP! You won’t be able to report it even if you wanted to. It seems odd, but it is true.

As of February 1st 2016, Microsoft is allowing the following programs rental rights:

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As you can see, Microsoft SPLA is no longer part of the requirement to provide rental PC for Windows 10, Windows 8, and Windows 7. There is no addendum requirement either. You must, however, adhere to the terms outlined in the Microsoft Lease Agreement.

What about Office?  The following chart outlines the Office requirements.

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Office 365 and Shared Computer Activation (SCA)

You might have heard rumors around Office under Office 365 in shared environments.The rumor is true.

In the past, an end customer who purchased Office under Office 365 COULD install the Office component from a server environment from their own datacenter. It was called Shared Computer Activation. Essentially an end user would take one of their Office installs and install it on a server using RDS, which was an on premise solution only. It was called “shared” only because the user could access it from any device.

Fast forward to today, the Shared Computer Activation use right has extended to the service provider (SPLA) community. In short, an end customer can take one of their Office under Office 365 licenses and bring it to your datacenter similar to license mobility. Like with everything else in this world, it is not as easy it reads and there are certain criteria a service provider must meet:

  • They must be “Managed” by Microsoft, meaning it must have a Microsoft dedicated SPLA manager assigned to your account. If you don’t know, you probably don’t have one.

  • You must be CSP Tier 1 authorized, which is an authorization which comes directly from Microsoft. Again, if you don’t know, then you probably are not CSP authorized.

If you would like additional information on any of the above topics, then click the banner below and sign up for our FREE webinar on Wednesday, April 6th!

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