SPLA Audit Support

SPLA audits are continuing to rise.  There are various reasons behind audits but ultimately it is part of your SPLA agreement.

If you are faced with an audit, it is important not to go through it alone.  Your plan should include ways to reduce your risk before it becomes a risk.  Our licensing experts have the ability to review your data, understand the risk, and put together a strategy to reduce exposure.

Additionally, Microsoft recently announced SPLA price increases for January 2019.  This means you can report your SPLA usage reporting no later than the 10th of January and still receive 2018 pricing.  It is very important to do so to avoid a month of increases.  Secondly, there are ways to optimize what you are currently reporting to reduce costs.

If you are going through an audit currently or want to reduce your SPLA reporting, please reach out to us to discuss our strategy.  You can email

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Posted by on January 3, 2019 in Uncategorized


Maximize Your Microsoft Agreement

Our team is launching a new services solution to help hosting companies maximize their hosting agreements with Microsoft.  This new service includes ways to reduce licensing, be compliant, and understand your risks before or during an audit.  Specifically this workshop includes:

  • Detailed analysis of your Microsoft Agreement(s)
  • Audit Support – Understand your risks before it becomes a risk.  We will coach and educate you throughout the entire engagement (even if it is zero hour) to reduce settlement costs.
  • Understand SPLA pricing to ensure you are getting the most value from your agreement.  Microsoft recently announced a SPLA price increase in January.  We need to review optimization strategies and hidden agreement language that can help reduce reporting.
  • Microsoft cloud strategy – what are ways you can purchase and manage Office 365 and Azure or leverage other third-party providers such as AWS.

To learn more, please email  Whether you are going through an audit, want to reduce your spend, or understand licensing, we can help.

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Posted by on October 28, 2018 in Uncategorized


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Windows Server Subscription FAQ

More information can be found on 

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?


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 for more details and analysis.  Have a question?  Email

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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.

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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

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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! 

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?

Forum: Experts always review and answer your licensing questions.

Articles: Most of the articles you are used to reading and many more on CSP, Azure, AWS, and other cloud providers.

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! and we can help you navigate the treacherous waters called Microsoft licensing.

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Posted by on April 29, 2018 in Uncategorized

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