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Links to vendor websites and other blogs

Here’s a list of resources I think are worth checking out. Not all pertain to SPLA specifically, but in the world of IT – all licensing programs find a way to relate to one another. Check it out.

Microsoft SPLA Program
http://www.microsoft.com/hosting

Microsoft Marketing Campaigns
http://www.readytogomicrosoft.com

Great Microsoft Volume Licensing Blog
http://www.microsoftlicensereview.com/

TechNet
http://blogs.technet.com/b/volume-licensing/

SPLA Reseller (I work for them with SAM) There is a free compliance check where the team will review your order and ensure you are licensing correctly and the most cost effective way. http://www.softwareone.com/en-us/Licensing/Microsoft-SPLA/Pages/default.aspx

SPLA Reseller Email – SPLA.us@softwareone.com

VMware Service Provider Program
http://www.vmware.com/partners/service-provider.html

Citrix CSP Program
http://www.citrix.com/partner-programs/service-provider.html

Citrix Marketing Tools
http://www.citrix.com/csptoolkit.com

Citrix/Microsoft DaaS Whitepapers, etc.
http://www.Citrix.com/Microsoft

Hope this helps

SPLA Man

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Posted by on January 17, 2014 in Compliance, In My Opinion

 

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Audit!!!

If you haven’t received an audit inventation, consider yourself lucky.  Publishers are auditing everyone, from volume licensing to SPLA, audits are happening and it’s best you be prepared.

I am often asked “What steps are entailed in an audit and how much is this going to cost me?”  Both questions have undetermined variables tied to them.  I said this before, but you must look at your datacenter from an auditors perspective.  What would they want to see if I am audited?   Here’s my advice, (& take it for what it’s worth), but if I knew audits were happening, I would want to keep track of all users that have access to the software and ensure those that do not have access truly do not have access! As an example, I’m hosting SharePoint to 10 users and only 5 of those users have access to Enterprise features – therefore I only need to report 5 right?  Maybe- but what happens in some weird way they could possibly access the Enterprise features?  You would true up all licensing not reported and probably have an additional fee on top of it!Secondly, if I was using SQL, I would double check and see if VMs can migrate to different hosts.  Third, I would get a record of end user agreements and ensure software assurance is active for whatever products they are using under “license mobility.”  Last, and probably the most important – be careful of using a third party for audit support.  It may look like they helped – but in the end …did they? Email me a blaforge@splalicensing.com and I can explain.

Thanks,

SPLA Man

 
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Posted by on January 10, 2014 in Compliance

 

Citrix Summit?

Would you be attending the Citrix Summit next week in Orlando, Florida?  Would love to meet.  You can email me at blaforge@splalicensing.com.  Thanks for reading!

SPLA Man

 
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Posted by on January 5, 2014 in Uncategorized

 
 
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