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Archive for January, 2009

Quick Byte: Microsoft Licensing Tip # 14 – Server Licensing

Jan 28 2009: Published by under Uncategorized

Servers and software … they are like night and day when it comes to licensing and all scenarios need to be considered. You must acquire a license for each instance of the management server software you run. You may run this on a physical or virtual OS environment. There are two separate categories of management licenses – one for servers and one for non-servers.

A license for managed servers is required for each server’s OS environment on a device that you want to manage. You also have the option of a single System Center Server Management Suite Enterprise license, which may be used to manage multiple environments.

For each non-server you need a client management license (ML) and there are two types:

First, you will need an operating system environment (OSE) client management license for each non-server you would like to manage on a device. For each management license you will be allowed to run one server OSE on a specific device to be managed by the server software. Second, you may need to purchase separate server management licenses for each server OSE. You can also choose a user ML over a client ML if you prefer to license per user. For each user, each client management license allows any number of client OSEs on that user’s device(s) to be managed by the server software.

Microsoft Licensing Tip # 13: Online Services

Jan 21 2009: Published by under Uncategorized

Online services have their own set of licensing rules. They are typically subscription based and provide access only to software and services. There are a few types of licensing models that apply here:

User or Device Subscription License (USL or DSL) - USL or DSL licenses are needed for each user or device that accesses the online service.

Services Subscription License (SSL) - These licenses apply specifically to an entire organization’s use of an online service. NOTE: This doesn’t always cover you!  You may also need User, Device or Add on SLs depending on the service offering. Be sure to check your user agreement to safeguard your organization.

Add-On Subscription License (Add-on SL) - These licenses are used in addition or instead of the licenses noted above. Depending on the software or service, this license can sometimes apply to storage space, or even a single server accessed by external users. They are not always required, but be sure to inquire whether they are needed to use online services within your user rights.

Quick Byte: Microsoft Licensing Tip #12 – Per User Licenses for Developers

Jan 13 2009: Published by under Uncategorized

When licensing Microsoft software of any kind, you must acquire a license for every user you allow to access the software. You can also install any number of copies on any number of devices for access and use by one user to “design, develop, test and demonstrate programs.”

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Microsoft Volume Licensing – Which one is for me?

Jan 08 2009: Published by under Uncategorized

There are seven, yes seven different MS licensing schemes, we thought we would share this great comparison chart that helps define each programs, and should help you choose which program best fits your organization.

Just remember that software licensing is not always black and white.  Since software licensing is a part of intellectual property, it’s subject to interpretation – like any legal policy.

Quick Byte: Microsoft Licensing Tip #11 – Desktop PC Applications

Jan 07 2009: Published by under Uncategorized

Three rules for desktop PC applications:

  • One license is required for each device using the software (locally or remotely)
  • You can install any number of copies of any version that is supported
  • You can also install those copies on the host OS or in a virtual hardware system
  • You can access (if permitted) from any device that has a license for the software (e.g. Microsoft Office suite); BUT the device must have a license for the same or later edition, for example, you cannot access Office 2007 with a device that is licensed on Office 2003.

    Microsoft’s Patent for Metered Licensing Model Approved

    Jan 06 2009: Published by under Uncategorized

    Last week, Microsoft received approval for a patent for technology to meter software use and access to specific computer hardware. Why would they want this? Microsoft wants to introduce a “metered pay as you go” licensing model.

    The new model would include fees that would be charged again as a prepaid or billed account for software and services. We believe that Microsoft is moving in this direction for several reasons; one being that their traditional licensing model is in trouble, CIOs are smarter about licensing and upgrading than they ever have been and are going to cut costs wherever possible. Look at companies like and even telcos like Time Warner and Verizon, they have loyal customers that pay on a monthly basis for services – Microsoft has its eye on this model moving forward, they want constant income and locked-in customers.

    Introducing a metered model will also allow Microsoft to bring Software as a Service (SaaS) models to consumers by charging usage for such tasks as word processing and web browsing. Microsoft needs a model like this to make a bold move in a technology market where Google is becoming the dominant player. They are hoping this will be there saving grace for new revenue streams and domination for the company once again!

    Offering the option for companies to pay for only what they use sounds like a good idea to me, paying for web browsing and word processing by use on the other hand scares me a little. We’ll see if companies and consumers are actually saving or if this is going to hugely increase expenses once this model is offered I guess…

    Weekly Digest of Oracle and Microsoft Licensing: Flat-rate and Pay-As-You-Go Licensing Demands, Jan. 5, 2009

    Jan 05 2009: Published by under Uncategorized

    We know how much time you DON’T have so we decided to create this weekly digest to help folks stay on top of software licensing, compliance, and audit news specifically to Oracle and Microsoft. We also added other interesting tidbits on both companies here along with general licensing news that could ROCK your world.

    Since last week, there has been a big hullabaloo about flat-rate or pay-as-you-go licensing for vendor software.

    CNET News Should software face the flat-rate music future?

    San Jose Mercury News Oracle Wins Patent Ruling

    GigaOm 5 Trends That Will Separate the Strong From the Weak in 2009

    Oracle Journal Viewpoint: Oracle Should in 2009 Support All Major x86 Virtualization Platforms

    CNET News Oracle and backups in the Cloud

    SC Magazine Making a case to the board

    Seattle Post Intelligencer Claim: Microsoft earned $1.5B from “Vista Capable” PCs

    CRN Five Reasons Microsoft Wants A Pay As You Go Model

    ComputerWorld Ballmer Blasted for Linux Stance

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