Month: July 2008

What the Heck is an Operation System according to Microsoft

What exactly is an operating system environment? According to Microsoft, an operating system is: i.   all or part of an operating system instance, or all or part of a virtual (or otherwise emulated) operating system instance which enables separate machine identity (primary computer name or similar unique identifier) or separate administrative rights, and ii.   instances of applications, if any, configured to run on the operating system instance or parts identified above. As if this isn’t confusing enough, there are also two […]

Quick Byte: Microsoft Licensing # 9

Client Access Licenses (CALs) are needed when you would like your clients to access your server (s). You will see on many business websites a client log-in section which is a great tool for many types of businesses and are often used for customer service and even client communication. Of course, this incident has its own licensing requirements. Each device or user that plans to access the server requires its own license, whether it’s direct or indirect use of the […]

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 […]

Quick Byte: Microsoft Licensing Tip # 4

For Microsoft online services such as Live Meeting or Exchange Online, there are three kinds of licenses for these products dependant on the offering in which you choose to use and its requirements – meaning, you may or may have to license each of your programs differently should Microsoft ask for it. The first is a User or Device Subscription License which is required for each user or device that will access the online service. The second – a services […]

Quick Byte: Microsoft Licensing Tip #3

Cold Backup for Disaster Recovery will expire if you let your Software Assurance expire on your servers.  This means that you’re required to purchase server licenses to replace the ones you initially received through your software assurance rights if you want to continue to use you Microsoft Server and Server CAL products. The information can be found in Microsoft’s Product Use Rights Document within the Volume Licensing section.’

What the difference between software assurance and licensing rights?

In the wonderful and confusing world of software licensing there seems to be some confusion between software assurance (SA) rights and software licensing rights, which comes to light when SA benefits expire and users aren’t sure what they are entitled to do at that time. The  difference:  the software license right is valid for as long as you own the license with or without SA; an SA benefit is only active for as long as you have coverage on your […]

Quick Byte: Microsoft Licensing Tip # 2

According to Microsoft, each user that you permit access to your software requires a license. Ok…you’r probably saying “duh, I knew that,” but read on, my friend. You can install any number of copies of your software on any devices, for example and employee’s desk computer, laptop and perhaps a conference room PC, BUT, here is the clincher, only licensed users can access the software. So let me put it this way, if a random person enters your office and […]

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