Microsoft Licensing Audits

Author: Dave Norwood

Over the past few months I’ve been getting more and more calls from my clients about Microsoft requesting an audit of their licensing. The title of the email is usually something like “Microsoft Software Asset Management Review”. I would like to share my experiences with these audits, I think you’ll find this helpful when/if you get one of these requests. Continue reading

End of Support On Key Microsoft Solutions

Author: Dave Norwood

As of April 8, 2014, Microsoft will no longer be offering critical updates or support for Windows XP, Office 2003, and Exchange Server 2003. If you haven’t upgraded, you may want to start thinking about it. Continue reading

Microsoft Licensing Part II: Buying Programs

Author: Dave Norwood

I have been explaining the ins and outs of Microsoft licensing for many years.  It is time to put it down in ink.  This is part two of my two part blog.  Part one, published a few weeks ago, was all about Software Assurance.  Part two, below, explains the 5 “buying programs” that Microsoft offers.

Microsoft offers five buying programs.  They are OEM, Retail, Open, Select, and Enterprise.  All have different benefits and restrictions and can be useful.  You just have to pick the right one for your particular need. Continue reading

Microsoft Licensing Part I: Software Assurance

Author: Dave Norwood

I have been explaining the ins and outs of Microsoft licensing for many years.  It is time to put it down in ink.  This will be a two part blog.  Part one, below, will be Software Assurance.  Part two, which will be published in a few weeks, will explain the 5 “buying programs” that Microsoft offers.

Software Assurance (SA) is a subscription added to Microsoft licenses that offers additional benefits over just being licensed to use the software.  The benefit most people think of with SA is upgrade rights. Continue reading

Windows Server 2012 Licensing – Which Edition Is Right for You?

There is only one way of licensing Server 2012, so as long as you understand how the licensing works, the real decision you are faced with is picking the Standard or Data Center Edition. Continue reading