Microsoft SPLA licensing for Windows 8

Microsoft SPLA licensing for Windows 8

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This is a subject that is always a discussion in almost all DaaS opportunities. Can a Microsoft MSP provide Windows 8 OS. The quick Answer is NO. Microsoft MSP/ SPLA licensing only covers Windows SERVER Operating Systems. (I won’t go into the all the different FlexCast models here and stick with providing a dedicated OS for users.)

However, there is a way a Microsoft MSP can provide Windows 8. Here is a quick guide:

  1. Customer and Microsoft MSP must sign up for License Mobility Through Software Assurance. Volume Licensing customers can license their server applications on-premises and in the cloud on a qualified service provider’s shared hardware environment for specific applications.
  2. Customer must purchase all Windows 8 OS Licenses.
  3. Customer must purchase all Virtual Desktop Access licenses. (If the client devices aren’t PCs covered by [Software Assurance].
    • Windows Virtual Desktop Access (VDA) is an authorization strategy that requires each device seeking access to a Windows virtual desktop in a virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) to be licensed.
    • Windows Virtual Desktop Access (Windows VDA): A standard benefit of Software Assurance and a stand-alone subscription-based license which allows roaming access to Windows virtual machines (VMs) from thin clients, third party, and non-Windows-based devices.
    • The goal of Windows Virtual Desktop Access is to simplify licensing requirements in a virtual environment by licensing the devices that seek access to virtual desktops, instead of licensing the virtual desktops themselves.
    • Because VDA is included as a feature of Software Assurance (SA), primary users of devices covered by SA can access their virtual desktops at no extra charge. Microsoft defines a primary user as someone who has used the computing device for more than 50% of the time in a 90 day period.
    • If the user wishes to access a Microsoft VDI from a device that is not covered by Software Assurance, however, a separate Windows VDA license is required. Such devices include thin clientszero clients and third-party devices such as contractor-owned PCs. As of this writing, a separate VDA license costs $100 per year, per device.
    • Licensing_Windows_Desktop_OS_for_Virtual_Machines
    • Providing Microsoft Desktop as a Service licensing guide
    • More info :-
  4. Transfer these licenses to the Service Provider: [Detailed steps]
  5. The Microsoft MSP must provide the Windows 8 OS on DEDICATED hardware and not shared infrastructure with any other customer.  Which cannot be used to provide any kind of service to any other customer of the service provider. Microsoft advise the dedicated-hardware requirement applied to all of the hardware utilised to provide the solution to the customer: servers, storage and, presumably, switching infrastructure as well.
  6. Windows 8 can be used for Rental Desktops can not be used either. Remote access. Rental Rights do not allow for remote access to software. Microsoft Rental Rights are a simple way for companies to rent, lease, or outsource desktop PCs with Windows desktop operating system and Microsoft Office licenses to third parties (such as Internet cafés, hotel and airport kiosks, business service centers, and office equipment leasing companies) through a one-time license transaction valid for the term of the underlying software license or life of the PC. Solidify your role as trusted advisor by helping your customers be in compliance, by using an additive license that fits their business model—without requiring special tools, processes, reporting, or paperwork.

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