Essential Tips & resources for Microsoft Licensing

Expertise in Microsoft licensing requires, besides an extraordinary appetite for detail and fine print, knowing where the rules live. Even those who aren't licensing experts still need to live by the rules, and there is no single "Bible of Microsoft Licensing" that contains them all in a clear, navigable format. Directions analyst Paul DeGroot has […]

Expertise in Microsoft licensing requires, besides an extraordinary appetite for detail and fine print, knowing where the rules live. Even those who aren't licensing experts still need to live by the rules, and there is no single "Bible of Microsoft Licensing" that contains them all in a clear, navigable format. Directions analyst Paul DeGroot has published a list of these resources, which procurement managers, asset managers and other IT folks should keep handy and evaluate regularly. The five essential resources for Microsoft software are following: End User Licensing Agreements; Product Use Rights; Volume Products List; Microsoft Licensing Advisor; Licensing Briefs. DeGroot offers some potentially useful licensing tips and tricks under each of these resource headings. Example, under EULAs: “Another Windows client right embedded in the EULA: if you want to run a lightweight Web server, you don’t need an expensive server—the EULA lets a workstation (even one running Windows Home Premium) run Microsoft’s Web server software, IIS, and handle up to 20 connections.”

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