If you want to compare the Software Assurance benefits available through the different academic Volume Licensing agreements, then this summary sheet might be useful: https://bit.ly/3EcLbUH.
There’s an updated (October 2022) “Introduction to Microsoft Core licensing models” Licensing Brief from Microsoft. The main changes are for the new Windows Server per virtual machine licensing option, as well as the change for SQL Server and BizTalk Server where licensing by virtual machine is now a Software Assurance benefit.
Find this updated Licensing Brief here: https://bit.ly/3SWTn0u.
There’s a change to BizTalk Server 2020 licensing where the option to license at a virtual machine level becomes a Software Assurance benefit. Find the updated language in the Product Terms here: http://bit.ly/3AyCCSk.
There’s an updated (October 2022) “Licensing Microsoft server products in virtual environments” Licensing Brief from Microsoft.
There are updates for the new per virtual machine licensing model for Windows Server, the introduction of the Flexible Virtualization Benefit, and the changes for SQL Server 2022 where licensing by virtual machine becomes an SA/Software Subscription benefit.
Find this updated Licensing Brief here: https://bit.ly/3fG3BUw.
There’s a new SQL Server 2022 Licensing Guide (http://bit.ly/3OeDYqT) and Datasheet (http://bit.ly/3V0dETI), and the Product Terms is also updated (http://bit.ly/3prduoo) for SQL Server 2022. Here are the key licensing changes to be aware of:
- Licensing by virtual machine with Core licenses is now an SA/Software Subscription benefit
- When licensing by virtual machine a customer can run SQL Server in any number of containers in the virtual machine
- Customers with active SA/Software Subscriptions may now use Azure SQL Managed Instance as their preferred fail-over server option in Azure for disaster recovery
SQL Server 2022 licenses with SA or purchased as Software Subscriptions are also eligible for the Flexible Virtualization Benefit, introduced in October 2022, enabling customers to use their licences with any Authorized Outsourcer’s shared hardware. Find the Flexible Virtualization Benefit Licensing Guide here: http://bit.ly/3hGOJ9l.
And finally, there’s the new PAYG option where customers can pay for SQL Server on a consumption basis from $0.1 per hour for a Standard Core, and $0.375 for an Enterprise Core for Azure Arc-enabled servers. Find out more about how that all works here: http://bit.ly/3Arq2UP.
The License Mobility through SA overview document has been updated to include reference to the Flexible Virtualization Benefit. Find this customer-facing document here: https://bit.ly/3VBIyDa.
The Power BI team announce a new version of Power BI Report Server.
This product facilitates the distribution of interactive Power BI reports, traditionally within the boundaries of an organisation’s firewall. It’s not available to be purchased; the rights to install and use it are granted for customers who have active SA on SQL Server Enterprise Core licences, or Server Subscriptions for SQL Server Enterprise Core licences, or who have purchased Power BI Premium P SKUs.
Find the announcement here: https://bit.ly/3o0MRsd.
There’s an updated (January 2021) VLSC Software Assurance Guide. This is a useful document detailing how customers manage their SA benefits through the VLSC, and it’s fully updated for the imminent retirement of Training Vouchers and Planning Services.
Find this guide here: https://bit.ly/2QWvNWL.
The May 2020 Product Terms is updated for the retirement of the Windows Thin PC SA benefit corresponding to the end of support for Windows 7. Find the relevant text on page 6 and download the latest Product Terms document here: http://bit.ly/MSproductterms.
Microsoft announce upcoming changes to three Software Assurance benefits. Here’s the summary and key dates:
- 1 February 2020: cloud services offerings will be retired
- 1 January 2022: last day to redeem Planning Services vouchers for all offerings
- 1 February 2020: Azure training courses will be retired
- 1 January 2022: last day to redeem Training Vouchers for all courses
24 x 7 Problem Resolution Support
- 1 February 2021: incident-based support will be replaced with as-needed support and credit towards Unified Support
And the reason for these changes? There’s a useful “Software Assurance changes overview” document which you can find in the “Volume Licensing Programs” section of our Licensing Guides emporium here: http://bit.ly/MSLicensingGuides.
In this document you’ll find that customers are encouraged to move to FastTrack for deployment services, that Microsoft Learn provides some excellent Azure training courses – although new training and certification offerings are in development, and that Microsoft’s future overall support strategy focuses on the Unified Support model.
The Software Assurance website is also updated with this news here: http://bit.ly/2kXtbbA.