Windows 10 and CSP

If you buy a Windows 10 Enterprise E3 or E5 User Subscription Licence through the Cloud Solution Provider (CSP) program then you need Windows 10 Pro Anniversary Edition on your device before the enterprise functionality can be enabled.

In January 2017 Microsoft relaxed the rules for the other devices (up to 4 more) that you might want to use: while they still need the Pro edition you can upgrade to Windows 10 free of charge from Windows 7 or Windows 8.1. What’s more, if you stop paying your subscription then ALL devices revert to Windows 10 Pro with perpetual use rights.

Windows 10 Enterprise is also part of Secure Productive Enterprise so these enhancements apply if you’re licensed for SPE E3 or E5 too.

See the Microsoft announcement here:

Microsoft Hosting and CSP Newsletter

The December 2016 Hosting and Cloud Service Provider Newsletter is out. There’s just one item of licensing interest: the SPLA agreement will be refreshed in February 2017 with two small amendments – there’s a new primary place of business field, and notices sent to Microsoft no longer need to be copied to the legal department.

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December 2016 Azure Hybrid Use Benefit Datasheet

The Azure Hybrid Use Benefit datasheet is updated to cover both Windows Server 2012 R2 Processor-based licences and Windows Server 2016 Core licences, as well as for the availability of Windows Server images that can be chosen to deploy a VM with this benefit.

Find this datasheet in the Core Infrastructure section of our Licensing Guides emporium:

Azure and the MPSA

Microsoft announce that from 1 February 2017 new customers will not be able to buy Azure consumption services through the MPSA, but confirm that existing customers are unaffected.

Advice to partners is that they should recommend the Cloud Solution Provider (CSP) channel for any new pay-as-you-go Azure customers going forward.

Read the blog post here:

System Center

The System Center 2016 Client Management Suite is removed from the January 2017 Product Terms document, and now each of its four components are licensed separately with CMLs per User or per OSE.

The four components are Data Protection Manager, Operations Manager, Orchestrator, and Service Manager and active SA on a Client Management Suite licence at 1 January 2017 makes you eligible for all four licences.

See page 6 of the Product Terms for an overview.

Visual Studio TFS and Team Services

In November 2016 there were changes made to release management licensing in Visual Studio Team Foundation Server and Team Services.

If you want to understand how concurrent pipelines are licensed (and indeed what they are!) then these are some good resources: a video –, and blog entries for TFS – and TS –

Cloud Service Provider Newsletter

The November 2016 Hosting and Cloud Service Provider Newsletter is out.

There are two main items of licensing interest: firstly, BizTalk Server 2016 launched in SPLA in December with the only licensing change being that the Core Factor table is no longer required.

Then there’s news of the quarterly SPLA licensing webcast on 14 December 2016 – use this link to add it to your calendar:

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