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Quick Byte: Microsoft Licensing Tip # 16 – Processor Licenses

In addition to server licensers, you can’t forget the processor licenses. Each processor on a server that your software uses requires a separate license. For physical operating systems, each physical processor must be licensed. However, for virtual environments, only virtual processors the software uses must be licensed under Microsoft’s licensing terms and conditions. You do not need CALs or EC licenses because per-processor licensing allows any number of users to access the software from any number of devices. You may […]

Quick Byte: Microsoft Licensing Tip # 14 – Server Licensing

Servers and software … they are like night and day when it comes to licensing and all scenarios need to be considered. You must acquire a license for each instance of the management server software you run. You may run this on a physical or virtual OS environment. There are two separate categories of management licenses – one for servers and one for non-servers. A license for managed servers is required for each server’s OS environment on a device that […]

Quick Byte: Microsoft Licensing Tip #12 – Per User Licenses for Developers

When licensing Microsoft software of any kind, you must acquire a license for every user you allow to access the software. You can also install any number of copies on any number of devices for access and use by one user to “design, develop, test and demonstrate programs.”

Quick Byte: Microsoft Licensing Tip #11 – Desktop PC Applications

Three rules for desktop PC applications: One license is required for each device using the software (locally or remotely) You can install any number of copies of any version that is supported You can also install those copies on the host OS or in a virtual hardware system You can access (if permitted) from any device that has a license for the software (e.g. Microsoft Office suite); BUT the device must have a license for the same or later edition, […]

Quick Byte: Oracle Licensing Tip #8

Our mantra has always been “You can’t manage what you don’t know.” Now, I didn’t say that.  It was Peter Drucker.  But, it’s no less true and, in fact, it’s definitely spot-on when it comes to Oracle software asset management. Compliance is the name of the game to cost savings.  It’s not about the large discount you receive from Oracle or any software vendor during a negotiation process. As the IT executive put in charge of procurement or (re-) negotiation […]

Quick Byte: Microsoft Licensing # 10

Validation? Some may not be aware, but your Microsoft software may occasionally need to be validated – meaning you will have to download the validation feature of your software so Microsoft can be sure that you have activated and licensed your copy properly. Ouch! Yet another reason why licensing and activation are an important part of implementing any software application. During the process, the product keys are checked along with the IP address of the device it’s being used on. […]

Quick Byte: Microsoft Licensing # 8

There is a lot of talk about server licenses and how exactly it works. For each software license you acquire, you must assign that license to one of your servers. You can assign as many software licenses as you would like to one server but if you were to assign the software to more than one server you would be out of compliance. One thing to keep in mind here also – a hardware partition or blade is considered a […]

Quick Byte: Microsoft Licensing Tip # 7

Benchmark testing – although this may be something that seems like it should be done for your own benefit it’s important to know that Microsoft requires that you get their written approval before disclosing the results to a third party. This does NOT apply to the following applications: .NET Framework, Class Server, Live Communications Server, Systems Center Operations Manager, SharePoint Portal Server, System Center Data Protection Manager, System Center Essentials, Systems Management Server, Virtual Server, Windows Server, Microsoft Services for […]

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