Changes to the Windows Server Azure Marketplace images means it’s easier to deploy a virtual machine when you want to use the Azure Hybrid Use Benefit (AHUB). Now you don’t have to choose a special image, you just confirm you have Windows Server licences with active SA as part of the process – see the diagram below. And, even better, this is available for all customers, not just EA customers.
The AHUB Datasheet and FAQ documents are updated for this change and you can find them in the Core Infrastructure section of our Licensing Guides emporium: http://bit.ly/MSLicensingGuides.
There’s a new Azure Pricing Calculator in preview from Microsoft. Take a look, see what you think, and leave feedback if you’d like to: http://bit.ly/2qxqriw.
There’s a brand new (May 2017) Windows Server 2016 Licensing Guide released by Microsoft. It’s a delicious 31 pages of licensing loveliness, but here are our highlights:
- Core Packs: there’s confirmation of the new 16-core packs on page 7, but an interesting note points out that although the cost of eight 2-packs equals one 16-pack, they may not have the same point count in Volume Licensing programs where this matters – MPSA or Open, for example. There’s also confirmation on page 21 (Q4) that the licences from a multi-pack can be split across servers, they’re not joined forever at purchase point
- Nano Server: this is a deployment option available only if you have SA on your Windows Server licences, and page 6 confirms that you also need SA on any Windows Server CALs too
- Core Migration: there’s a lot of guidance on migrating from Processor-based to Core licences and, in particular, there are a couple of pages of FAQs starting on page 26, including what happens with Core licence grants if you have a subscription agreement, and how the grants appear in your licensing portal
- Standard or Datacenter: there’s a useful table on page 25 which shows the breakeven point for virtual machines running on a 2-processor server which has 8 cores per processor. You’ll find that if you’re running 13 or more virtual machines on this server, then it’s cheaper to license with Datacenter edition
As usual, you can find this Licensing Guide with all of its Licensing Guide family and friends at: http://bit.ly/MSLicensingGuides.
There’s an updated (May 2017) Dynamics 365 Enterprise Licensing Guide with two main changes. Firstly, the inclusion of the new Operations Activity USL for those users who are heavy users of Operations but don’t need the use rights of a full user. It’s introduced on page 12 and you can see what rights this USL gives in the tables on page 35 onwards. The other change is the removal of tiered pricing for the Team Members USL with page 24 confirming that it’s now just available for Plan 1 USLs.
Get the guide at the usual place: http://bit.ly/MSLicensingGuides.
There’s an updated (April 2017) Licensing SharePoint Server Volume Licensing Brief from Microsoft. There are no significant changes but this is a useful document if you haven’t come across it before, covering the licensing of SharePoint in intranet, extranet and Internet scenarios.
Find it in the Application Servers section of our Licensing Guides emporium: http://bit.ly/MSLicensingGuides.
There’s an updated (April 2017) CAL Suites Volume Licensing Brief from Microsoft. There are no significant changes but you can update your collection by getting this latest version from our Licensing Guides emporium.
Find it towards the end of the Application Servers section: http://bit.ly/MSLicensingGuides.
Dynamics 365 for Financials Pricing and Licensing Guide from Microsoft – useful for seeing the relevant use rights for users licensed with the Team Members and Full USLs. Find it in the Dynamics section of our Licensing Guides emporium: http://bit.ly/MSLicensingGuides.
Interested in knowing which Azure Services are available in CSP? The top level summary is “most of them”, but if you want the detail about precisely which 56 categories of Azure Services are available then this article will be useful: http://bit.ly/2qsHBkF.
Roll up your sleeves if you want to generate the list yourself – PowerShell is (as usual) required.
Microsoft announce changes to the way updates in Office 365 ProPlus are managed.
Firstly, the channel names are changed: from “Current Channel” to “Monthly Channel”, “First Release for Deferred Channel” to “Semi-annual Channel (Pilot)” and “Deferred Channel” to “Semi-annual Channel (Broad)”. The names tell us of another change – that unless you’re on the Monthly Channel, updates will now be twice a year rather than three times. This aligns with Windows 10, and updates will be in March and September. And the final change is that Semi-annual channel releases will now be supported for 18 months rather than 12 months.
These updates also apply to Visio Pro for Office 365 and the Project Online desktop client and will take effect in September 2017.
The full announcement is here: http://bit.ly/2qYqGD6 where you’ll also find recommended next steps and exact dates for the upcoming schedule of Office ProPlus releases.
Microsoft makes Dynamics 365 available in UK data centres – find the full announcement here: http://bit.ly/2qI1VyO.