Microsoft Hosting and CSP Newsletter

The February 2017 Hosting and Cloud Service Provider Newsletter is out. There’s just one item of licensing interest: the FY17 Q3 Quarterly Licensing Brief webinar is available for viewing, originally broadcast on March 2nd.

It’s worth a watch for these topics: License Mobility Update, SPLA 2017 Resources, SPE in CSP and you can find it here: http://bit.ly/2n4ROP8.

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Group-Based Licence Management for Office 365 Coming

Microsoft announce that group-based licence management is now in public preview. This will offer two new services: firstly, you can assign a licence template to an Azure AD security group and then as users join and leave the group, licences are automatically assigned and removed. Secondly, you’ll be able to selectively disable components in product licences so that you can do a phased roll-out of the services of Office 365 E5 for example.

Find the Microsoft announcement here: http://bit.ly/2lvlpF5.

Premium Assurance Available

Microsoft announce that Premium Assurance is available. As a reminder, this is an Add-on that you can buy for Windows Server and/or SQL Server, if you have Software Assurance, to give you an extra six years of product support. Other key facts are that you have to buy it for ALL of your Windows/SQL Servers with active SA, and the price will increase in July 2017. Find the Microsoft announcement here: http://bit.ly/2ms74rZ.

OMS in CSP

Confused about how to license OMS in CSP? (That’s the Operations Management + Security Suite in the Cloud Solution Provider program if you’re already confused!) There’s a useful new Microsoft article that explains all. Essentially, the OMS services are available through CSP but the SKUs aren’t – so you can buy the individual components of OMS E2, but not E2 itself with the associated discount. It’s also worth noting that you don’t get rights to System Center if you buy through CSP either.

Get the full story and some deployment examples here: http://bit.ly/2l32oW9.

Azure Hybrid Use Benefit

If you have Windows Server licences with Software Assurance then you have the Azure Hybrid Use Benefit. This means that you can choose to use your licences to license the Windows Server part of an Azure virtual machine and so just pay for the compute cost of the VM.

If you have an EA you can deploy VMs from specific Marketplace images that are pre-configured with the Azure Hybrid Use Benefit. Without an EA you can upload a custom VM and deploy using a Resource Manager template or Azure PowerShell.

This article explains all and has some useful illustrations http://bit.ly/2lbjIbe.

Visual Studio Subscription Management Resources

Do you manage the formerly-known-as-MSDN Subscriptions for your organisation? You may know that they’re now known as Visual Studio Subscriptions and there’s change afoot for the management portal.

Find an FAQ detailing what’s happening, as well as administration guides for the current VLSC and MPSA portals here: http://bit.ly/MSLicensingGuides.