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Matt Scherocman

Microsoft Enterprise Agreement (EA) vs. Cloud Solution Provider (CSP) Licensing Agreement: What's Best for You?

Microsoft Enterprise Agreement (EA) vs. Cloud Solution Provider (CSP) Licensing Agreement: What's Best for You?

EA VS. CSP

Choice is critical in business, but sometimes it’s difficult to determine the best decision for your specific organization. Such is the case when it comes to contracting services for Azure and your other Microsoft cloud applications. For many years, the best choice for larger organizations was signing up for an Enterprise Agreement (EA) directly with Microsoft. However, now there is a new option called Cloud Service Provider (CSP), a contract you can purchase from a certified Microsoft partner.

Both offer similar services and similar pricing. There are advantages and disadvantages to both depending on your size and type of business. So, how do you decide what’s the right choice for your organization? Below is a look at the two options in several key areas.

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ON-DEMAND WEBINAR | Demystifying Microsoft Cloud Licensing

ON-DEMAND WEBINAR | Demystifying Microsoft Cloud Licensing

Learn how you can best utilize Microsoft's licensing options.

Microsoft licensing confuses many businesses. Often, this lack of understanding causes organizations to license more products than necessary and buy the wrong licensing, resulting in unnecessary spending.

In this special on-demand event, Interlink’s Microsoft licensing guru Matt Scherocman demystifies the confusion around Microsoft Cloud licensing.

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Get a good grasp on Microsoft cloud licensing -- including packaging inclusions, pricing, transitioning, and answer questions like:

  • What are the major packages that Microsoft offers?
  • Which packages are targeted for small businesses?
  • What is this new Microsoft Enterprise 365?
  • What are the "gotchas" when purchasing cloud licensing?
  • How do you purchase a single license and use it again in the cloud?
  • How does using a small business plan to save significant money?
  • Which options are best when transitioning from existing Microsoft licensing?

After viewing this webinar, you’ll have a firm understanding of:

  • New licensing bundle options
  • Azure licensing, options and scenarios
  • The official sources of Microsoft licensing rules
  • Obtaining Windows server licensing for free when licensing the security bundle
  • Hybrid licensing scenarios and cost savings

If you have ANY questions about Microsoft licensing, this is one webinar, you’ll wamt to watch.

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Matt Scherocman

Matt is a Certified Expert in Microsoft licensing and is commonly known as the “Microsoft Licensing Guru.”

By sharing his knowledge, Matt has helped (and continues to help) hundreds of organizations save money and time by choosing the right licensing options for their business. As a former Microsoft employee, Matt was responsible for Microsoft’s largest licensing reseller accounts across four states.

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Matt Scherocman

The Key to a Successful M&A Strategy - Streamlined IT Integration Process (with Infographic)

The Key to a Successful M&A Strategy - Streamlined IT Integration Process (with Infographic)

A company’s IT systems play a critical role in their daily business operations. To prevent business disruptions and delayed revenue growth, organizations must have a plan in place to streamline the IT integration process post-merger. Without one, companies risk the following costly mistakes:

Assuming licensing assets will transfer.

It is common for the value of software licenses to be included in a valuation. However, software licenses don’t always

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Matt Scherocman

Skype for Business Server Licensing – A Hidden Gem

As we are working with clients on deploying Lync in their environment, there can be a number of different server roles engaged.  These can include conferencing servers, monitoring servers, front end, back end, and mediation servers.  One advantage of deploying Lync is that the current licensing rules allow for these additional software roles to be run without purchasing additional server licenses.  One suggestion, buy the Enterprise version to give yourself the most flexibility.

 From Microsoft’s Product Use Rights Guide:

Running Instances of the Additional Software.  You may run or otherwise use any number of instances of the additional software listed in the table below in physical or virtual OSEs on any number of devices.  You may use those instances only with the server software.  Use of any instance with the server software may be indirect, through other additional software, or direct.

 

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Matt Scherocman

How Does The Office in Office 365 and Terminal Servers Work?

Office Pro Plus licensed through Office 365 is powerful while each licensed user can install the software on up to five devices for their own usage.  What happens when one of those devices needs to be a terminal server?

The problem is that terminal server cannot use the downloaded media from Office 365 while the 365 version includes subscription authentication.  Basically, this is technology that allows the software to verify that it has been paid for by connecting the installation to a user’s access for Office 365.  This authentication breaks when installed onto a terminal server due to the multiple user nature of the technology.

So, Microsoft has granted an exception for users to be able to take advantage of the exception.

“ Media Eligibility with Remote Desktop Services (RDS) If the user to whom you have assigned an Office 365 ProPlus license uses the software on a network server with RDS role enabled, in lieu of installing a copy of the software provided with Office 365 ProPlus on one of the five permitted devices pursuant to the Product Use Rights for Office 365 ProPlus, that user may 1) install one copy of the Office Professional Plus 2013 software on a network server and 2) access the Office Professional Plus 2013 software from any device.  Upon termination of your Office 365 ProPlus subscription you must uninstall Office Professional Plus 2013 software from the network server.”   This is from Microsoft Product Use Rights Guide - http://www.microsoft.com/licensing/about-licensing/product-licensing.aspx which is the best source for Microsoft licensing rules.

Practically, customers need to procure a single volume license media copy of Office Professional Plus and install that directly on the terminal server.  Most customer will already own this copy from a previous volume license (Open, Select, or EA Agreement).  For the clients who still need media, my suggestion would be to open a new Open Business agreement with Microsoft.  These agreements are low commitment with only five licenses of any type needed.  An organization could order a single copy of Office Professional Plus and then four other low cost items.  Hosted encryption, which can be used with Office 365 to encrypt sensitive emails can be had for less than $25 per year.

This posting is provided “AS IS” with no warranties, and confers no rights.

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