Licensing

Windows 8 and Server 2012 RTM/GA Dates Announced

July 9, 2012 // 0 Comments

I was actually under a rock, busy delivering some training, so I missed the WPC keynotes and the announcements today.  Windows 8 is on track to RTM on the first week of August, assuming that there are no showstoppers between now and then. Customers with Software Assurance will have access to [...]

Windows Server 2012 Licensing In Detail

July 4, 2012 // 41 Comments

New, Simpler, Better Value Licensing Announced For WS2012 and Some SBS Changes Note: I saw the announcement when it first came out and have been waiting & digesting.  More information came out since then so I thought a single post would be best. Make sure you follow this post by reading my [...]

Windows 8 Enterprise Mobility Rights

April 24, 2012 // 0 Comments

I’ve just followed a link that Mary Jo Foley tweeted and that lead me to a broader Windows 8 licensing article called “Introducing Windows 8 Enterprise and Enhanced Software Assurance for Today’s Modern Workforce”.  That article had a section that I found interesting, detailing how [...]

Windows 8 Names, Editions, and Features

April 19, 2012 // 0 Comments

Microsoft confirmed the names of the Windows 8 desktop and server this week, as well and confirming the name of the server operating system (Windows Server 2012). As expected, the desktop OS will be called Windows 8.  There will, in fact, be four/4, editions of Windows 8, and not three as the [...]

Software Assurance: Protect Your Investment & More

December 22, 2011 // 0 Comments

This is one of those subjects that can create great debate: is Software Assurance (SA) for Microsoft licensing a real benefit that is worth the expense?  Those who bought it during the XP days may feel like they got burned.  They went a very long time without any upgrades for their [...]

Comparing the Core CAL and Enterprise CAL Suites

December 13, 2011 // 0 Comments

With Windows Server products, you typically have to buy server licensing (SharePoint) and user/device client access licensing (CAL) for each user/device connecting to the server.  One could buy each of these CALs one at a time.  But there are more efficient ways (accounting and cost) to [...]
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