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Enabling the Azure Hybrid Benefit

The Azure Hybrid Benefit needs to be manually activated for both new and existing virtual machines. When you create a Windows Server virtual machine using an image in the Azure Management Portal you can check a box to confirm that…

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Licensing with the Azure Hybrid Benefit

Windows Server Standard and Datacenter Core licenses acquired through a Volume Licensing agreement are sold in 2-packs or 16-packs and Windows Server Standard or Datacenter Core licenses sold as a Software Subscription are sold in 2-packs or 8-packs. Either of…

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SQL Server

Overview The Azure Hybrid Benefit for SQL Server enables customers to bring their own licenses to license the SQL Server part of an Azure virtual machine, or to cover the SQL Server costs for an Azure SQL Managed Instance or…

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Windows Server

Overview The Azure Hybrid Benefit for Windows Server enables customers to bring their own licenses to license the Windows Server part of an Azure virtual machine. Customers are eligible for the Azure Hybrid Benefit if they have active Software Assurance…

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AZURE HYBRID BENEFIT

The Azure Hybrid Benefit applies to Windows Server and SQL Server and is essentially a way of being allowed to bring your own licenses to license the Windows or SQL Server software part of solutions in Azure.

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Availability of licenses

To find out exactly which licenses are available through all of the different ways to buy, you should use the Product Terms website. If you look at the picture below you’ll see that I’ve navigated to the SharePoint Server entry…

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Microsoft Customer Agreement

The Microsoft Customer Agreement is an evergreen agreement that is digitally accepted by a customer through the Microsoft 365 Admin Center. Any customer can preview the terms of the Microsoft Customer Agreement here. As mentioned at the beginning of this…

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Open Programs basics

Microsoft use the term Open Programs to mean a collection of three licensing agreements aimed at smaller organizations. Between them, they offer similar purchasing frameworks for these smaller organizations as the Enterprise Agreement and MPSA offer larger companies. Customers and…

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MPSA and Select Plus basics

If a larger customer is able to, and wants to, make a commitment to Microsoft products then they will probably buy through an Enterprise Agreement. If they would prefer to buy licenses on a more ad hoc basis then they…

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