Microsoft Windows Server 2016 Licensing Changes: Webinar Recording

Microsoft Windows Server 2016 will be moving to a core licensing model.  MetrixData360’s Mike Austin presented via webinar on the impact this will have for organizations.   This event was well attended and we have had numerous requests for the content to be made available for on demand viewing.  Click below to watch the presentation.

Microsoft Windows Server 2016 Core Conversion Optimization Offer

Our overall analysis of more than 17,000 Windows servers is that the actual price increase in Windows Server Licensing Changes is in excess of 24%

Here’s What is Included

  • A $9500 USD,  one time fee to review your Windows Server deployments and provide a report on how to optimize your server licenses.
  • We Will Utilize MAP, RV Tools or Block 64 (included in the fee) to build Data set.
  • Your technical team run MAP/RV Tools. MetrixData360 will provide Guidance  for Block 64 assist with installation.
  • MetrixData360 analyses your license position and creates an optimized license model for current (2012 rules) and future (2016 Cores).
  • MetrixData360 will analyze your data and Build a 2003 assessment (preparation for Migration) Report.
  • Finally, MetrixData360 will create a custom,  Core Grant model and prepare your asks to Microsoft.

Petroleum Sector: Controlling and Reducing Microsoft Licensing Costs

Navigating the Oil Price Plunge: How MetrixData360 Helps Petroleum Industry Save Millions on Microsoft Licensing Costs

The plunge in oil prices has put any IT spending under unprecedented scrutiny and IT departments under the gun to deliver more with less.  All organizations involved in the petroleum industry have been faced with major project delays/cancellations and significant layoffs/downsizing.  During this downturn every dollar saved is important and MetrixData360 helps save our clients millions.  MetrixData360 specializes in to controlling and reducing Microsoft licensing costs.

Mike Austin, Vice President of Service Delivery at MetrixData360 will share his knowledge and insights from over 15 years of Microsoft licensing including over 8 years of employment by Microsoft in a variety of licensing related roles.

You will learn: Can you really downsize your Microsoft licensing footprint due to layoffs? Can you change your Microsoft contact mid-term or do you need to wait for the renewal date? What are the risks of dropping Software Assurance and not renewing an EA? If you are at risk of a software audit due to the Petroleum downturn!

This presentation will provide you with key insights to: Avoid overbuying Microsoft licenses,  reduce your Microsoft licensing costs and ensure software licensing compliance.

If you still have questions regarding controlling and reducing licensing costs, reach out to us and we’ll get back to you within 24 hours.

Microsoft Removes Transitions from Enterprise Agreements

Understanding Microsoft’s Removal of Transitions: Implications for Online Services in Enterprise Agreements

Microsoft removed “transitions” from the February 2016 Product Terms document.   Upon the addition of Online Services in the Enterprise Agreement (EA) these transitions were used when a client wished to convert a traditional on premise license into an Online Services User Subscription License (USL).

Last year Microsoft removed “transitions” from the EA language last year and has now closed the final loophole.

If you have questions or concerns about the impact of this change, we encourage you to contact one of our unbiased licensing experts for a free initial consultation.

Microsoft Roaming Rights will be changed

Understanding Changes to Microsoft Roaming Rights: Insights from February’s Product Terms Document

February’s Microsoft Product Terms Document brings significant changes to how Microsoft Roaming Rights will be handled for Windows Enterprise and VDA.

From the February Product Terms:

4.14 Roaming Rights Retirement for Windows Enterprise and Windows VDA

Customers with active SA for Windows Enterprise or Windows VDA retain Roaming Rights through the later of:

  • the end of their existing Enrollment or Agreement term, or
  • January 31, 2017

Current Licensing Requirements for Windows VDA Roaming Use Rights As per Microsoft licensing Brief:

Windows VDA Rights allow for a licensed device or user to access virtual Windows desktops either remotely and/or locally, depending on how the device or user is licensed. You can license devices or users for Windows VDA rights in the following ways:

– License devices with Windows Software Assurance or Windows VDA subscription on a per device basis.

– License users with Windows Software Assurance or Windows VDA subscription on a per user basis.

 Roaming Use Definition

The single primary user of the device licensed with active Windows Software Assurance or Windows VDA subscription (work device) can do the following:

At any one time, remotely access one or more of the permitted instances running on your servers (for example, in your data center) from a third-party device.

At any one time, run one instance of the software in a virtual OSE on a qualifying third-party device.

When the primary user is on your or your affiliates’ company premises, Roaming Use Rights are not applicable.

These Windows VDA Rights and the corresponding Roaming Use Rights are non-perpetual and are only active as long as the underlying Software Assurance for Windows, Windows VDA subscription, and/or Windows CSL is active.

Potential Licensing Impact: A Per-User VDA subscription will also be required for Roaming Use rights.

If you have questions or concerns about the impact of this change we encourage you to contact one of our unbiased licensing experts for a free initial consultation.