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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September 2016 Hosting and Cloud Newsletter

This useful newsletter has three items of licensing interest this month – let’s take a look.

First of all there’s confirmation that Windows Server 2016 and System Center 2016 will be available in October 2016, with Service Providers being able to download the products from 17 October. The licensing model changes to Core licences and there’s a requirement for a minimum of 8 Core licences per processor. The virtualisation rules are pretty much the same as for 2012 R2: license all the cores with Datacenter edition for unlimited virtualisation, and license all cores with Standard edition for the rights to run a single VM.

Then there’s confirmation that Windows 10 Enterprise E3 is available in the CSP program from 1 September 2016. Licensed users may install the software on up to 5 devices but they will not have access to any virtualisation rights or Software Assurance benefits. Note that qualifying licences of Windows 10 Pro and above are required.

And finally, you’ll want to put 29 September in your diary for the quarterly licensing briefing from the Microsoft SPLA team. The agenda is set to cover the detail of licensing Windows 10 Enterprise E3 through CSP, and Windows Server and System Center 2016 through SPLA. Register for the Cloud Channel Network to attend: http://bit.ly/2c3U8nd or, if you’re already a member, add the event to your calendar here: http://bit.ly/2bPvwOt.

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Microsoft Hosting and CSP Newsletter

The July 2016 Hosting and Cloud Service Provider Newsletter is out. There are three main items of licensing interest: firstly there’s a reminder that while the Core Factor table is no longer required to calculate licences for SQL Server 2016, it does still apply to SQL Server 2012/2014 as well as BizTalk Server 2013 R2 and Dynamics AX 2012 R3 Standard Commerce Server.

There’s also a reminder to take the new Cloud Portability module in GLR, and a link to the SPLA Quarterly Update Licensing webinar: http://bit.ly/2aktmUG.

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Microsoft Hosting and CSP Newsletter

The May 2016 Hosting and Cloud Service Provider newsletter is out.

There are three topics of licensing interest: firstly, SQL Server 2016 is available through SPLA on 1 June 2016 with the removal of both the BI edition and the Core Factor table. Then there’s notice of a change to the SPUR release schedule – now it will only be refreshed where there are new use rights. Finally, there’s a reminder of a licensing webinar on 9 June with this link adding it to your calendar: http://bit.ly/24U9HAv.

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Microsoft Hosting and CSP Newsletter

The April 2016 Hosting and Cloud Service Provider newsletter is out with some useful information: you can attend a webcast on recent updates to the SPLA licensing program with Microsoft’s Michael Chacon on 9th June – this link will add the appointment to your calendar: http://bit.ly/24U9HAv – and there are details of your transition options if you’re a partner in the retiring Hosting competency.

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Microsoft Hosting and CSP Newsletter

The March 2016 Hosting and Cloud Service Provider newsletter is out.

There are a couple of topics of licensing interest: firstly, E5 is now a qualifying CAL for the Skype for Business Server Enterprise and Plus SALs for SA.

Then there’s a reminder to report only the products shown on the published SPUR – for example, a Service Provider who uses SQL Server 2008 R2 Standard should report SQL Server 2014 Standard Core licences.

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Microsoft Hosting and CSP Newsletter

The February 2016 Hosting and Cloud Service Provider newsletter is out.

It’s got articles on the new Azure Hybrid Use Benefit and the changes to the Shared Computer Activation rights allowing Office 365 ProPlus to be deployed in third-party multi-tenant environments. There are also links for partners to useful Azure in CSP resources.

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Microsoft Hosting and CSP Newsletter

The January 2016 Hosting and Cloud Service Provider newsletter is out.

It’s got articles on the changes to the Rental Rights and those for self-hosting applications, as well as links to useful CSP resources and training, and a recording of the quarterly licensing webcast run on 20 January, 2016.

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Changes to Self-Hosted Applications Rights

If you’re an Independent Software Vendor and you want to provide your own software as a hosted service then one option for doing this is to use the “Self-Hosted Applications” use right available for many products under a Volume Licensing agreement.

There’s a change to this right – previously any solution had to be on dedicated hardware, now page 6 of the February 2016 Product Terms confirms that shared servers are a new delivery option.

Microsoft Hosting and CSP Newsletter

The December 2015 Hosting and Cloud Service Provider newsletter is out.

It’s got links to recent topics of interest in the hosting world: the launch of E5, licensing changes for Windows Server and System Center 2016, and the changes to Licence Mobility for SA rights which allow customers to fail-over to shared hardware.

There are also links to useful CSP resources and the next quarterly licensing webcast on 20 January, 2016.

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