Do you know which version of Microsoft licenses your organisation owns and is licensed to use? The Microsoft Business Center Portal (BCP) by design displays the original license view in case of licensing model changes. For example, with the licensing model for Windows Server having changed from processor to core licensing with the 2016 release, are you able to tell what your organisation owns and is entitled to? So, as an example, with licenses for Windows Server 2012 R2 that expired on 31st October 2018, the SA term and the original order proves and guarantees entitlement to use Windows Server 2016 and/or 2019 instead of the 2012 R2 version. But the BCP does not show or highlight this in any way. In fact with a recent scenario we have seen the BCP shows no evidence of the SA term and expiry. This could lead organisations to purchase the current version when in fact it is already owned.
At The SAM Club, we maintain the records for our clients in their SAM Workbooks and provide the help and guidance to ensure new software purchases are not made when a license already exists. If you would like to know more about our service then please get in touch.
Microsoft announce that they will not now remove the special Office Professional Plus installation rights that customers are currently entitled to with Microsoft 365 E3 and E5 From SA licences. The current rights are detailed on page 54 of the May 2019 Product Terms, and this announcement confirms that the rights are here to stay rather than being removed after 1st August 2019.
The SAM Club can help you understand your licensing position, document and maintain your software assets and help with new technology planning and renewals. Find out more.
The latest Microsoft Product Terms for November 2018, show some additional Software Assurance benefits for Exchange, see page 25. Microsoft update their Product Terms monthly and with the recent Microsoft product announcements, The SAM Club we have been looking for any useful information. We have found that the below benefits are now available for customers with active Software Assurance on Exchange 2019 products.
4.1 Exchange Enterprise CAL with Services 2019 Supplemental Terms and Conditions
Exchange Server Enterprise CAL with active SA coverage includes the rights to Data Loss Prevention and Exchange Online Protection.
4.2 Exchange Online Voice Mail Service
Customers with active SA coverage for Exchange Server Standard 2019 or Exchange Server Enterprise 2019 may use the Exchange Online Voice Mail Service to access voice messages from Outlook. Use of this Online Service is subject to the OST
Exchange 2019 has recently been released by Microsoft, see more on our article about the release.