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Windows Server Subscription FAQ

More information can be found on www.MScloudlicensing.com 

What is it?

As part of the CSP program, Microsoft is offering Windows and SQL Server subscriptions through Azure.  It is offered as either a 1 year or 3 year subscription.

Is this available through SPLA?

No

Is there monthly billing like SPLA?

There is no monthly billing option.  It is only offered in 1 or 3 year subscription

Is SPLA going away?

No.  It is becoming more challenging from a licensing perspective.

Is RDS available?

No.  It is not available through CSP at this time.

So a SPLA provider can sign up through a CSP provider to offer Windows Subscriptions instead of reporting SPLA for Windows?

That is correct.

More information to come!  Check out our new website http://www.mscloudlicensing.com for more details and analysis.  Have a question?  Email info@splalicensing.com

Thanks for reading,

SPLA Man

 

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Posted by on September 14, 2018 in Uncategorized

 

Dyreport for Dynamics No More

For those partners that were hosting Dynamics will no longer receive revenue recognition for SPLA or ISV programs FY 19.  Is this another move to Dynamics 365 Online?

“The reason for this change was driven by cost consideration and the manual nature of this process” says a Microsoft source.   “Very few partners will be impacted by the removal of Dynamics in SPLA.”

I guess on one hand, Dynamics has always been a complex solution to license.  Dynamics partners demanded licensing resources from their SPLA Reseller, SPLA Reseller demanded Dynamics resources from Microsoft, ultimately leaving the SPLA partner weeks without an answer.  On the other hand, is this just a motive to migrate to Dynamics 365?

If incentives are dropping in one program but offered in another, I would argue the answer to that question is yes.  Microsoft does not pay for something they don’t want to promote.  “This is frustrating.  If we no longer have the ability to report our SPLA, why report it at all” says one SPLA Dynamics partner who asked to be named anonymously.  If you license SPLA, you are still required to report it to your SPLA Reseller.  That part is not changing.  What is changing is the second usage report Dynamics would send to Microsoft for revenue recognition.

What do you do?  If you can’t beat them join them and offer Dynamics through CSP?  Maybe, but if you already have a datacenter and customized solutions built on Dynamics, CSP is not always the answer.

New developments are always being introduced.  If you have a question, utilize our forum.

Thanks for reading,

SPLA Man

 

 
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Posted by on July 24, 2018 in Dynamics 365, Office 365

 

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Windows and SQL Server Subscription

Microsoft announced (July 2018) that Server Subscriptions will be available through the Microsoft Cloud Solution Provider Program (CSP). According to the July 2018 Product Terms the products available include:

SQL Server Enterprise Core

SQL Server Standard Core

Windows Server Standard

Windows Server CAL

Windows Server External Connector

Windows Right Management CAL

Windows Server AD Rights Management External Connector

Notice Windows Datacenter is not an option currently. The benefit of Windows Datacenter is the unlimited virtualization rights or maybe CSP is marketed to smaller organizations could be the reasoning why Datacenter is not included.

There are two deployment options available – On-Premise/Dedicated environments or Azure. Although Software Assurance is not included, there are certain SA type benefits that are included such as self-hosted rights, hybrid use rights, and latest version rights.

What is CSP?

CSP is Microsoft’s new channel program that allows partners to manage and provide Online Services to their end customers. There are two models: CSP Direct – Which the reseller has a direct relationship with Microsoft to resell Microsoft Online Services to their end users. CSP Indirect – A partner leverages another solution provider’s authorization to resell Microsoft Online Services. In both models, the Server Subscription Service is available.

Things to remember

Once you deploy in Azure, the Windows Server licenses may not be redeployed on premise for 90 days. Secondly, the base instance is covered but not any other Azure cost such as storage, compute, and I/O associated with its use of the services. (Source: July 2018 Product Terms)

What does this mean for SPLA?

I think it is a clear indication Microsoft wants every organization on CSP as oppose to SPLA. However, in a shared server environment SPLA is still the only option. Microsoft does allow organizations to use a third-party datacenter provider under the new CSP subscription program, but it must be 100% dedicated.

To learn more check out this new forum and document library at www.mscloudlicensing.com

Thanks for reading,

SPLA Man

 
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Posted by on July 17, 2018 in Uncategorized

 

SPLA Licensing Teams Up with Mow Down Cancer…Helping Families One Lawn at a time.

Help a family going through cancer treatments all the while solving a global epidemic.  To find out what that epidemic is…check this out!!!

The mysterious SPLA Man is revealed (as well as his son)

 
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Posted by on June 20, 2018 in Uncategorized

 

Microsoft SPLA Audit Support

Article update: We created a new website called MSCloudlicensing to help SPLA and CSP partners understand the different program options and use rights available to them. The site is designed to be a collaborative platform,  which includes a forum to ask and answer licensing questions, document library, and licensing articles.  It’s more in depth than a simple blog. Check it out, it’s free!  www.mscloudlicensing.com 

Document Library: Easy to read whitepapers on licensing and best practices. What really happens in an audit? How are other service providers handling CSP and Azure? AWS licensing? https://mscloudlicensing.com/document-library/

Forum: Experts always review and answer your licensing questions. https://mscloudlicensing.com/forum/

Articles: Most of the splalicensing.com articles you are used to reading and many more on CSP, Azure, AWS, and other cloud providers.
https://mscloudlicensing.com/subscription/

It’s Microsoft’s fiscal year end, which means it’s time for the auditors to dust off their pens and pocket protectors to find out which SPLA partners are under licensed, over licensed (yeah right) or misunderstood (every SPLA customer that has ever signed a SPLA agreement) the license use rights.  If you need assistance, please let us know! Info@splalicensing.com and we can help you navigate the treacherous waters called Microsoft licensing.

Thanks for reading.

SPLA Man

 
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Posted by on April 29, 2018 in Uncategorized

 

New VCPP Update for Service Providers

Article update: We created a new website called MSCloudlicensing to help SPLA and CSP partners understand the different program options and use rights available to them. The site is designed to be a collaborative platform,  which includes a forum to ask and answer licensing questions, document library, and licensing articles.  It’s more in depth than a simple blog. Check it out, it’s free!  www.mscloudlicensing.com 

VCPP Update:

Thought we would provide an update to the VCPP program for VMWare.  The five point bundle in VCPP has been discontinued April 15, 2018.  There is a 6 month grace period for current partners.  Important dates:

April 15 2018 –  End of availability for new providers

September 19, 2018 – End of general support for 5.5

October 31, 2018 – completely removed

How are you limiting new customers for 5.5 bundle?

Starting April usage reporting, the bundle will not be available for any new service providers.  It’s also in the product use guide for VCPP.  If you were already using it, have the signed contract, you can continue to use it for 6 months.

Hope this provide insight.   Questions?  Ask your VCCP reseller – SPLA man only knows SPLA and CSP 🙂

 

 

 
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Posted by on April 17, 2018 in Uncategorized

 

How’s your CSP business?

(1I guess the better question to ask Is the CSP program right for your business?   When Microsoft announced the QMTH program last year, I remember thinking – finally!  Microsoft is allowing hosting partners the ability to resell Windows 10 in a multitenant environment!  Let the flood gates open!  Well, the flood gates opened.  Fast forward to today and Microsoft is a bit of a pickle.  Authorizing a “partner”  for CSP Direct is one thing, making sure they are successful is another.

Has Microsoft helped or hurt your hosting practice?  On one hand, the ability to offer Windows 10 is great but on the other hand, is it worth the headache of CSP?  Are you sure you want to get in the licensing business or the reseller business?  From the conversations I have had with hosting providers, CSP has been a difficult sell.   There’s a lot of investment resources, support, and licensing to be able to educate your customers on a low margin transaction.  Signing up for CSP Direct to become QMTH authorized is probably not going to help long turn.  Maybe CSP Indirect is the way to go?

CSP Indirect allows you to partner with another reseller who can offer the licenses on your behalf.  I like to think of it as white labeling their authorization to your customers.  The reseller provides the support but you control the billing.  There are also resellers who get creative – they provide the licenses, you provide the support.  That may be the best route since managed services brings in a higher margin than software sales.  The drawback of CSP Indirect is you are no longer eligible for QMTH.

What’s ironic is Microsoft finally solved the VDI question hosting providers have been asking for over a decade but now unleashed an entire new problem in CSP.  Maybe some day this will all make sense.  In the meantime, thanks for reading.

SPLA Man

 
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Posted by on April 9, 2018 in Uncategorized

 
 
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