Many service providers have emailed us asking about an email sent out to partners titled “Microsoft Service Provider License Agreement (SPLA) Review” What is it and what should you do?
As the email states, Microsoft does have the right to verify compliance. This is not an audit, but a quick check up on SPLA partners and their reporting habits. As we all know, Microsoft licensing is not the easiest to navigate, even Microsoft knows this. No one, is 100% compliant all the time, and this is just a way for Microsoft to verify it.
If you did receive this email, the first step is to breathe. Again, its not an audit and no one will shut down your business from Microsoft. What I would recommend is to spend a few minutes with SPLA Man (me) to walk you through the process. I did this the past two days with several hosters. Although no two service providers are the same, the one common theme from the last two days is they all receive zero (I mean zero) help from their SPLA Reseller.
That’s why we are launching a new program to assist service providers with the complexity of licensing and make it easier for you to get answers to your licensing questions and potential risks. Please reach out to us to learn more. Email me directly at firstname.lastname@example.org. If you have a licensing question, go to our sister site http://www.mscloudlicensing.com and leverage our forum.
No worries! A SPLA Review is not an audit 🙂
Thanks for reading,