Here is a list of some of the questions we received this month. Enjoy!
Why does Microsoft not allow a SPLA SQL VM to be installed in a public cloud? I understand if you were licensing the physical layer, but if you want to install on a VM, you can easily allocate the number of cores and report accordingly. Any ideas?
No. Honestly there is no reason outside of it’s just prohibited. You cannot license SPLA cores/processors in public clouds even if the VM is dedicated.
What can be installed in Azure through SPLA licensing?
Anything that is licensed by SAL can be moved to Azure. For your end customers, anything that has Software Assurance and is license mobility eligible can be transferred including: Windows 10 E3 (QMTH), Office 365 Pro Plus (QMTH) and MSDN. Your end customers can also leverage Azure HUB to get discounted pricing for the Windows Servers they purchased with SA. Check out the Azure FAQ site https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/pricing/licensing-faq/
Is Microsoft going to discontinue SPLA?
Nah. I bet it will be merged into a new program though. Just a hunch.
I received a compliance notification the other day. Am I in trouble?
Depends on the type of notification and if you are out of compliant :). If you have questions, we can review it with you. Just email firstname.lastname@example.org
Can I report Windows 2016 but run Windows 2012?
Yes. No problem there. What you cannot do is license Windows 2012 and run 2016. Don’t do that.
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