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:

Operations Management Suite Licensing Changes

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:

OMS Datasheet


There’s a new (July 2016) Operations Management Suite Pricing and Licensing Datasheet which has full details about the new OMS Subscription. Previously, OMS was only available as an Add-on to existing System Center licences with SA, but the OMS Subscription gives you access to all the Azure services of OMS as well as all of the System Center components for use with 1 virtual machine.

Find the Datasheet in the Core Infrastructure section of our Licensing Guides store:

Microsoft Operations Management Suite

The Microsoft Operations Management Suite (which manages Windows and Linux workloads across a Windows Server datacenter, as well as Azure, Amazon Web Services, OpenStack and VMWare environments) was released in July 2015.

The Suite services are available separately charged as Azure consumption services, or via an Add-on for System Center Standard or Datacenter.

The final page of this OMS datasheet details pricing for the Add-on – for which there’s a promotion until 31 December 2015, as well as listing all of the Azure services that make up the Suite: