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Service Provider Licensing & Office 365... RRS feed

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  • I would really like some clarity on a very specific point of Microsoft Licensing... hopefully somebody can help (or point me in the right direction).


    Can a Service Provider leveraging SPLA licensing to support a hosted RDS environment, supplement that environment with the Online Service elements of Office 365 (Exchange, SharePoint, Skype for Business online)?

    In other words, as a customer of a Cloud Service Provider I am renting an RDS Server / Domain Controllers etc. which I am paying for monthly under SPLA. I could pay for Exchange SALs, and an additional server to host Exchange, but it's potentially (almost certainly :)) cheaper for me to subscribe to E1 and use SPLA provided Office to access an Office 365 mailbox. Is this permitted?


    Appreciate this is a very specific question; I'm not necessarily looking for a "Yes / No", more an informed opinion based on knowledge of licensing - ideally backed up by some "official" Microsoft text. The consensus (based on advice I have received) is that this is not allowed, although i can find nothing to substantiate this in the Online Services Agreement, Online Service Definition, or Product Use Rights documents.


    Can anyone provide a definitive answer?

    Wednesday, October 28, 2015 12:57 PM

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  • Did you ever get an answer to this?

    Jeremy Heymann Market Mentor Online

    Monday, July 20, 2020 4:09 AM