Microsoft Dynamics 365 will be released on 1 November 2016 and there’s a useful page from the Microsoft Dynamics 365 Partner Community team which gives you an introduction to the licensing and links to several useful resources including a Pricing and Licensing FAQ.
It’s definitely worth a read – find it here: http://bit.ly/2dM586y.
The Enterprise Mobility Suite is now Enterprise Mobility + Security and is available in E3 and E5 flavours. This is a useful page to find out the components of each suite and the business problems they solve: http://bit.ly/2e4hA2E.
Refer to page 53 of the October 2016 Product Terms document to see the User SLs available (Full, Add-on and From SA) and their availability in the different Volume Licensing programs.
The Azure Cost Estimator is now deprecated (http://bit.ly/AzureCostEstimator).
What are your alternatives to get estimated pricing for Azure? The public Azure Pricing Calculator (http://bit.ly/AzurePricingCalculator) is a good option or, if you’re a Microsoft partner, then you can request access to the Azure Channel Calculator (http://bit.ly/AzureChannelCalculator).
There’s a new (October 2016) Windows 10 Licensing Guide which you’ll find updated for Windows 10 Enterprise E3 and E5 as well as details for the Cloud Solution Provider program.
Find it in the desktop section of our Licensing Guides emporium: http://bit.ly/MSLicensingGuides.
Operations Management Suite is aimed at those organisations which need to manage Windows and Linux workloads across a Windows Server datacenter, as well as Azure, Amazon Web Services, OpenStack and VMWare environments. It’s a collection of integrated Azure services for which the following licences have been available:
- OMS Add-on SL for System Center Standard
- OMS Add-on SL for System Center Datacenter
- OMS E2 SL, which included rights to System Center
There are some October 2016 licensing changes which mean that the following licences are now available:
- OMS E1 Add-on SL for System Center
- OMS E2 Add-on SL for System Center
- OMS E1 SL
- OMS E2 SL
- OMS E1 From SA SL
- OMS E2 From SA SL
- OMS: Insights and Analytics SL
- OMS: Automation and Control SL
- OMS: Security and Compliance SL
- OMS: Backup and Disaster Recovery SL
And these are the important things to note on these new licences:
- The E1 and E2 Add-on SLs can be added to either System Center Standard or Datacenter licences. You need to have 8 Standard Core licences or 2 Datacenter Core licences to purchase either Add-on SL
- The E1 SL allows access to fewer services than the E2 SL but still gives rights to System Center
- The From SA SLs are for customers who want to transition from System Center licences to an OMS SL. As usual, the customer needs to have fully paid System Center licences and, similarly to the Add-ons, you need 8 Standard Core licences or 2 Datacenter Core licences to be eligible for the From SA SL
- The individual SLs enable you to license just the parts of the Operations Management Suite that are of particular interest and several of the SLs also give rights to relevant System Center components
You’ll find all of this documented officially in the October 2016 Product Terms on pages 52-53 and I think it’s worth noting one thing that remains unchanged: you may purchase an OMS Add-on SL through a different Volume Licensing agreement to the one through which you bought the qualifying System Center licences.
And finally, there’s an updated OMS Licensing Guide which has stretched to 9 pages of useful information and is worth a look through. Note that pricing used to be per virtual machine and it’s now per node. What’s a node? Well, page 6 of the Licensing Guide helps us out by stating that it’s a virtual machine, a physical server, a network device or other instance. As usual, find this Licensing Guide in the Core Infrastructure section here: http://bit.ly/MSLicensingGuides.
Microsoft announce the reduction in pricing of many of their most popular Azure virtual machines by between 10 and 50%. Find out which VM types are affected and get the details here: http://bit.ly/2dEUYEb.
Page 22 of the October 2016 Online Services Terms document confirms that the Intune device limit has been increased; licensed users may now access and use the Intune Online Service and System Center software to manage up to 15 devices.
Think Skype for Business, think Cloud PBX, PSTN Calling, PSTN Conferencing, PSTN Consumption… But how do they all fit together?
Do you need all of them or just some of them? And what licences do you buy? Roll your sleeves up – this Microsoft article is a good place to get started to find out more: http://bit.ly/2d2rfIz.
The Enterprise Cloud Suite will automagically change into Secure Productive Enterprise on 1st October 2016.
SPE will be available in two flavours – E3 and E5 – and ECS becomes SPE E3. However, it also gets some new rights including the ability to install the server software for Exchange, Skype for Business and SharePoint on on-premises servers for SPE users (useful if you need to deploy further servers on your way to the cloud) and the From SA USLs also include the rights to install Office Professional Plus on one device.
The official Microsoft page is here: http://bit.ly/2cIWgkh.
Skype for Business Cloud PBX gives businesses PBX capabilities but without the complicated (and expensive) equipment. What do you actually get with Cloud PBX? This is a useful Microsoft page with an FAQ at the bottom which covers the licensing requirements too: http://bit.ly/2dl8ded.