Microsoft Update January 2018

Some principle recent Microsoft solution and licensing updates, for January 2018

  • Licensing – New Windows Server CAL waiver for Azure AD, and clarification of Windows in Microsoft 365 Business Ref: January 2018 Product Terms https://goo.gl/unva9NAdded a new CAL waiver for the Windows Server base CAL for Customers using Windows Server solely in connection with Azure Active Directory syncs with on-premises Active Directory infrastructures”
  • Reference (Licensing) – Windows Azure VM must enable port 1688 for licensing. To restrict access to Internet IPs, an admin must create an inbound rule in NSG https://goo.gl/pEFRPx to restrict the traffic. A network security group (NSG) https://goo.gl/wQHBoK contains a list of security rules that allow or deny network traffic to resources connected to Azure Virtual Networks (VNet).
  • Reference (Licensing)- PowerApps licensing can be expansive – a database managed by the Common Data Service (CDS) could incur all users of the app(s) that access the database to have a PowerApps Plan 1 subscription. There is a good licensing resource available here: https://goo.gl/Bt6HgC
  • Reference (Licensing) – A good resource on Skype for Business and Microsoft Teams add-on licensing https://goo.gl/5trxQ7
  • Reference (Licensing) – Impact on Office365 service features support across the various iterations of Skype and Lync desktop clients https://goo.gl/9Hy3Yt
  • Reference (Licensing) – PowerBI use scenarios can impact licensing and solution topology e.g. ‘User Owned Data’ vs, ‘App Owned Data’ when the user and app authenticate to access PowerBI APIs (for example for task workers to access a kiosk application) requires PowerBI Pro https://goo.gl/sYmgfW
  • Licensing – Microsoft announce policy change on End of Support and Premium Assurance. Microsoft are re-evaluating the Premium Assurance offer construct, which provides up to six years of additional support beyond the extended support period. Effective Feb 1st 2018, Premium Assurance SKUs will be updated to lead-status and removed from the published price list. As of now Premium Assurance should no longer be sold, and Redmond are working on plans to announce at a later date.

Read moreMicrosoft Update January 2018

Microsoft EA True Up Guide

Over the term of your Enterprise Agreement (EA), you can equip additional hardware, devices, or users with software and online services that you’ve already licensed, and then account for these changes through an annual reconciliation process known as “True Up”. If you have an Enterprise Agreement Subscription  (EAS), this process is known as an Annual Order, through which you can increase, or decrease your license subscription counts.

Once a year, you are asked to reconcile your Enterprise Agreement (EA) license quantities to account for the total number of licenses you’ve added in the previous 12 months. This effort culminates in an order you place (or an Update Statement you submit) that reconciles all the qualified devices, users, and processor/cores added or used by your organization over the course of the year.

Your annual reconciliation order (or Update Statement) are normally due 30 to 60 days prior to your Enrollment anniversary, supporting Microsoft and your LSP (License Solution Provider) to provide eligible license transitions, but also both with annual commercial forecasts [Ref: Enterprise Agreement True-up Guide for more information]

Read moreMicrosoft EA True Up Guide

Multi Cloud – Stay In Control

Multi-cloud is on the rise. In some organisations, individuals and departments adopt various cloud solutions and services over a period of time, resulting in a gradual drift into a multi-cloud scenario. Other organisations deliberately assign workloads to both Microsoft Azure and AWS, seeking to reduce excessive reliance on either vendor, enhance flexibility, improve resiliency and mitigate exit strategy issues. In other cases, sovereignty regulations such as GDPR lead global companies to adopt multi-cloud strategies to keep data in local regions. Either way, multi-cloud is now so prevalent that it’s being referred to by some as the “new normal.”
However, multi-cloud raises challenges as well as benefits. Costs can run out of control, and management complexity can spiral as individuals and teams spin up workload after workload across the organisation, often without involving the IT department. Keeping track of what is under way, where, and for whom can become impossible.

Data and workload fragmentation sets in – silos, much like those we’ve seen for decades in the data centre, but now scattered across the cloud. Also, it’s not uncommon for IT to be unaware of the existence of certain cloud assets, much less where they all are, the resources they’re consuming or the benefits they’re delivering.

Being Wise to Vendor Incentives

Meanwhile, both Microsoft and Amazon are focusing on retaining, as well as attracting, customers. They use contractual devices, but also reward end users for committing more data and heavier workloads to their platforms. Naturally, users take advantage of such rewards, and the greater their reliance on their cloud platform of choice, the greater their inclination tends to be to stick with it.
Unavoidably, a piecemeal approach to multi-cloud results in relentlessly escalating costs, and deteriorating visibility. To effectively leverage multi-cloud’s potential, it is important to improve visibility and bring costs under control. SoftwareONE employs three principal offerings within their PyraCloud platform to help you do exactly that, including:

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Microsoft Update December 2017

Latest roundup of Microsoft licensing updates for December 2017

  • Licensing – Office365 enables GDPR with auto-data classification (Azure Info Protection P2) DLP policies, and Compliance Manager. However, the ‘fire hose’ of Audit Logs are retained for just 90 days, extensible with premium AddOn Advanced Security Management (ASM) for 180 days https://goo.gl/P9QDwL
  • Reference (Licensing) – Skype for Business and Microsoft Teams – Setting up Communication Credits https://goo.gl/fL1h8d to enable Pre-Pay access toll-free call-out for Audio Conferencing and Calling Plans https://goo.gl/doHp8n
  • Licensing – Azure Monetary Commitment (AMC) changes to reflect (a) the fact that Monetary Commitment funds are available throughout the enrollment term when fully paid upfront and (b) the removal of Consumption Allowance Ref: December 2017 Product Terms https://goo.gl/cRHNei
  • Licensing – A single appendix for all Add-on and From SA transitions. Ref: December 2017 Product Terms https://goo.gl/cRHNei
  • Licensing – Power BI Report Server – Running Instances entry expanding rights to run Power BI Workload Server on AzureRef: December 2017 Product Terms https://goo.gl/cRHNei

Read moreMicrosoft Update December 2017

Microsoft Update November 2017

Some principle recent Microsoft solution and licensing updates, for November 2017

  • Roadmap Lifecycle – Azure Reserved VM Instances are now Generally Available in all EA programs and on Azure.com https://goo.gl/hqe6xS Azure Monetary Commitment funds can be used throughout the term of the enrollment for new orders through the EA Prepay (3 year upfront) option, New/Renewal direct EA customers will be billed quarterly for all coverages
  • Reference – Editions and Supported Features of SQL Server 2017 https://goo.gl/TvG5RJ
  • Licensing – If you need to control/restrict service access to Office365 services with Intune? You will currently need Conditional Access via Azure AD Premium P1 https://goo.gl/EYKjc7
  • Microsoft News – Microsoft approaching 1 billion identities synced with Azure AD https://goo.gl/Tq65xy
  • Tool – Microsoft update MAP Toolkit ready for SQL 2017 https://t.co/8YMVDjCTFw
  • Licensing – If some users do not have a license for Azure Information Protection (AIP) but do have a license for Azure Rights Management, edit the registry on these users’ computers to prevent them from running unlicensed features (Published July 2017) https://goo.gl/W9EiJ3

Read moreMicrosoft Update November 2017

Microsoft Update October 2017

Important licensing updates for October 2017

  • Licensing – Azure Info Protection enters Public Preview in October 2017, scanner crawls through files in CIFS based file shares and SharePoint sites and apply classification, labelling and protection on files policies – driving Azure Information Protection (AIP) P2 – https://goo.gl/vMEXt3
  • Licensing – Cloud App Security can read files classified by Azure Info Protection Scanner and set policies based on the file labels: General Availability from October 2017. https://goo.gl/mo5kZw
  • Licensing – New Products added to the Microsoft Product Terms (October 2017) SQL Server 2017, Exchange Online Inactive Mailbox (Note: Removed in November 2017 in a Microsoft U-Turn),
  • Microsoft 365 F1, Visio Online Plan 1 and 2, Microsoft 365 A3, Microsoft365 A5 for Education in the Product Terms (October 2017) https://goo.gl/uqKjX6
  • Licensing – New Products added to the Online Service Terms (October 2017) Exchange Online Inactive User, new Skype PSTN names, new Microsoft365 EDU services https://goo.gl/GdycH1 
  • Licensing – October 1st, 2017 SQL 2017, Semi-Annual Channel for Windows Server, System Center in the October 2017  Microsoft SPLA Services Provider Use Rights: https://goo.gl/bb9Jnz

Read moreMicrosoft Update October 2017

Microsoft Update September 2017

Important licensing updates for September 2017 –

  • Roadmap Lifecycle – Office365 and Azure are both Generally Available from new UK data centers. Microsoft marketing MoD move: https://goo.gl/9KrE7W
  • Licensing – F1 remains a bold move to target a wider addressable market. At circa $10/u/m and 2B users, you can see why https://goo.gl/WukgLu Be aware of feature limits of Windows 10, (and no Azure AD Info Protection) for Microsoft M365 F1. (September 2018)
  • Licensing – Windows 10 – virtualization use rights have been extended to certain licenses purchased under the Microsoft Cloud Agreement. Customers purchasing Windows 10 Subscriptions via Microsoft Cloud Agreement (excluding Windows 10 Enterprise E3 Per User Local Only) may activate the software on up to 5 concurrent physical or virtual OSEs Ref: Product Terms, September 2017 https://goo.gl/VoCLzE 
  • Licensing – Added “Processing of Personal Data” to support the European Union General Data Protection Regulation Terms (GDPR) https://goo.gl/VoCLzE 
  • Licensing – Dynamics365 – Embedded editions of certain Microsoft Dynamics 365 Services are available through the Microsoft Cloud Agreement.  Embedded editions of Microsoft Dynamics 365 Services may be used only with an Embedded Unified Solution (defined)  https://goo.gl/VoCLzE 
  • Licensing – Microsoft announced Office 2019 “Perpetual” https://goo.gl/LZNtF3
  • New Feature – Office365 Use Metering and ‘Reader Role’ designation for Usage Reporting https://goo.gl/m5Ptn1
  • Licensing – Microsoft announce Office365 Usage Analytics and will reach general availability in July 2018, including new metrics on teamwork and collaboration, usage data for Microsoft Teams, Yammer, and Office 365 Groups https://goo.gl/m5Ptn1

Read moreMicrosoft Update September 2017

Microsoft Update August 2017

Important Microsoft licensing updates for August 2017

  • Licensing – Microsoft Dynamics 365 On-premise: Migration rights for Microsoft Dynamics AX customers with Software Assurance have been removed and a reference to the July 2017 Product Terms has been added to the Migrations Rights cell of Section 4’s Attribute table to denote where this information resides. https://goo.gl/7usi3a 
  • Licensing – Windows Desktop Operating System: A new use right has been introduced allowing customers with Windows 10 Enterprise E3/E5 or VDA E3/E5 Per User SLs using Azure AD-based activation to install the Windows 10 Creators Update or later Current Branch software on a virtual machine running on Microsoft Azure or a shared server with a Qualified Multitenant Hosting Partner. https://goo.gl/7usi3a
  • Licensing – Microsoft 365: Secure Productive Enterprise has been renamed to Microsoft 365. https://goo.gl/7usi3a 
  • Licensing – Office 365 Suites: Office 365 Enterprise K (Kiosk) Plan has been renamed to Office 365 Enterprise F (FirstLine) https://goo.gl/7usi3a 
  • Technology Dependency – On August 19, 2016, Microsoft updated the client requirements for Project Online. Making architectural changes to features in Project Online which impact older versions of the Project Client, connecting to Project Online.

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Microsoft Update May 2017

Microsoft licensing updates for May 2017

  • Licensing – Windows Server: Microsoft is introducing new 16-pack Core Licenses for Windows Server, System Center, and CIS Suites to simplify acquisition of the 16 core minimum per server. “Customers must still license all physical cores on their servers; the existing licensing requirements remain as is”.
  • Licensing – Core Infrastructure Server Suite Standard (16-packs of Core Licenses) General Availability in Microsoft Product Terms May 2017 Ref: https://goo.gl/hyVKCk
  • Licensing – Core Infrastructure Server Suite Datacenter (16-packs of Core Licenses)
  •  General Availability in Microsoft Product Terms May 2017 Ref: https://goo.gl/hyVKCk
  • Licensing – System Center 2016 Standard Server Management License (16-packs of Core Licenses) General Availability in Microsoft Product Terms May 2017 Ref: https://goo.gl/hyVKCk
  • Licensing – System Center 2016 Datacenter Server Management License (16-packs of Core Licenses) General Availability in Microsoft Product Terms May 2017 Ref: https://goo.gl/hyVKCk
  • Licensing – Windows Server 2016 Standard (16-packs of Core Licenses) General Availability in Microsoft Product Terms May 2017 Ref: https://goo.gl/hyVKCk
  • Licensing – Windows Server 2016 Datacenter (16-packs of Core Licenses) General Availability in Microsoft Product Terms May 2017 Ref: https://goo.gl/hyVKCk
  • Licensing – Windows Server Standard Core Premium Assurance Add-on (16-packs of Core Licenses) General Availability in Microsoft Product Terms May 2017 Ref: https://goo.gl/hyVKCk
  • Licensing – Windows Server Datacenter Core Premium Assurance Add-on (16-packs of Core Licenses) General Availability in Microsoft Product Terms May 2017 Ref: https://goo.gl/hyVKCk
  • Licensing – Windows Virtual Desktop Access E5 Per Device (SL)  General Availability in Microsoft Product Terms May 2017 Ref: https://goo.gl/hyVKCk
  • Licensing – Windows Virtual Desktop Access E5 Per User (SL) General Availability in Microsoft Product Terms May 2017 Ref: https://goo.gl/hyVKCk
  • Licensing – Microsoft Stream Add-on, General Availability in Microsoft Product Terms May 2017 Ref: https://goo.gl/hyVKCk
  • Licensing – Microsoft Stream Storage Add-on (500GB) General Availability in Microsoft Product Terms May 2017 Ref: https://goo.gl/hyVKCk
  • Licensing – Kaizala, General Availability in Microsoft Product Terms May 2017 Ref: https://goo.gl/hyVKCk
  • Licensing – Windows Desktop Operating System: Windows 10 Mobile is available at no additional charge for customers with an active Enterprise Agreement, Microsoft Products and Services Agreement, or Select Plus Agreement. SA on Windows is no longer a pre-requisite for this right to Windows 10 Mobile. Ref: https://goo.gl/hyVKCk
  • Licensing – Bing Maps: Bing Maps Asset Management has been renamed Mobile Asset Management.
  • Licensing – The Fail-Over Rights definition has been update to clarify that SA coverage is required on the Licensed Server and the access licenses for eligibility for the Fail-Over Rights SA benefit. Ref: https://goo.gl/hyVKCk
  • The Government Community Cloud definition has been updated to use the term Community, which is defined in the customer’s volume licensing agreement. Ref: https://goo.gl/hyVKCk

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Microsoft Update July 2017

Microsoft licensing updates for July 2017

  • Licensing – Microsoft Azure Stack added to the Microsoft Product Terms, July 2017 https://goo.gl/7wNfoi
  • Licensing – Dynamics365 Unified Operations Plan added to the Microsoft Product Terms, July 2017 https://goo.gl/7wNfoi
  • Licensing – Dynamics365 for Retail added to the Microsoft Product Terms, July 2017 https://goo.gl/7wNfoi
  • Licensing – Dynamics365 for Talent added to the Microsoft Product Terms, July 2017 https://goo.gl/7wNfoi
  • Licensing – PowerBI Premium EM1,2,3 added to the Microsoft Product Terms, July 2017 https://goo.gl/7wNfoi
  • Licensing – Windows 10 User OLS Activation E3 Add-on (to E3/E5 per User)added to the Microsoft Product Terms, July 2017 https://goo.gl/7wNfoi
  • Licensing – Dynamics AX 2012 R3 removed from the Microsoft Product Terms, July 2017, including Server, Task Worker, Self Serve, Functional, Enterprise, Enterprise Additive CALs, and Dynamics 365 for Operations for Enterprise Edition. https://goo.gl/7wNfoi
  • Licensing – Core Infrastructure Suite: Microsoft extend the Migration Rights for the processor to core transition for Core Infrastructure Suite to include enrollments signed or renewed between October and December 2016. (Renewing <December 2019) https://goo.gl/7wNfoi
  • Licensing – System Center Server: Microsoft extend the Migration Rights for the processor to core transition for System Center Server to include enrollments signed or renewed between October and December 2016. (Renewing <December 2019)  https://goo.gl/7wNfoi
  • Licensing – Windows Server: Microsoft extend the Migration Rights for the processor to core transition for Windows Server to include enrollments signed or renewed between October and December 2016.(Renewing <December 2019)  https://goo.gl/7wNfoi
  • Licensing – Windows Desktop Operating System: Customers may activate Windows 10 using Azure AD-based the Physical OSE of up to five concurrent devices running either Windows 10 Pro Anniversary Update or Windows 10 Enterprise Creator’s Update or later. https://goo.gl/7wNfoi
  • Licensing – Appendix B – Software Assurance: The Extended Hotfix Support benefit is no longer included in SA. This change will not affect Customers who have active SA coverage prior to July 1, 2017. https://goo.gl/7wNfoi
  • Licensing – Appendix E – Promotions: The New Customer Azure Monetary Commitment Offer expired June 30, 2017.
  • Licensing – The Windows 10 S to Windows 10 Switch Promotion was added July 1, 2017 and will expire on December 31, 2017 https://goo.gl/7wNfoi

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Tony Mackelworth is Head of Microsoft Advisory Services at SoftwareONE

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