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SCE 2010 Software Assurance and upgrade entitlements RRS feed

  • Question

  • Hi,

    I have been working on budgets and some sort of internal roadmap for our Microsoft purchasing (and Software Assurance) for the next couple of years (which is all pointless, as those of us who purchased Server Essentials 2008 suite, TMG, or forefront client protection prior to requiring System Centre have found out over the intervening 3 years).

    Anywho, there hasn't been a lot said about System Centre Essentials for those with active S/A.  I finally found the SCE page http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/server-cloud/system-center/essentials.aspx (via google, although there is probably a convoluted route to get to it from the systems centre home page) and the licensing datasheet document (http://download.microsoft.com/download/F/A/B/FAB5CBB7-6F5D-465F-ADDF-F0C80DBE3A8D/System_Center_Essentials_2010_Licensing_Datasheet.pdf) which states:

    There will be no next version for System Centre Essentials 2010

    and customers with active Software assurance will get the following:

    • Customers who have System Center Essentials 2010 Server will receive an incremental grant of 8:1 System Center 2012 Standard Server Management License.
    • Customers who have System Center Essentials 2010 Server Management License (with S/A) will receive an incremental grant of 8:1 System Center 2012 Standard Server Management License.

    I have 1 System Centre Server license and 10 Server management Licenses, does this mean I am entitled to 1.375 System Centre Standard Server MLs?

    If so, how does one get 0.375 of a license?   

    I anticipate being told I should contact Microsoft Licensing specialists, but at least those looking for the same info now have link to it.

    regards.


    Tuesday, April 9, 2013 11:49 PM

Answers

  • Hello Matt,

    For licensing questions, you can call 1-800-426-9400 (select option 4), Monday through Friday, 6:00 A.M. to 5:30 P.M. (PST) to speak directly to a Microsoft licensing specialist. 

    Worldwide customers can use the Guide to Worldwide Microsoft Licensing Sites http://www.microsoft.com/licensing/worldwide.aspx
    to find contact information in their locations.

    Thanks,


    Yog Li
    TechNet Community Support

    Wednesday, April 10, 2013 7:26 AM
    Moderator

All replies

  • Hello Matt,

    For licensing questions, you can call 1-800-426-9400 (select option 4), Monday through Friday, 6:00 A.M. to 5:30 P.M. (PST) to speak directly to a Microsoft licensing specialist. 

    Worldwide customers can use the Guide to Worldwide Microsoft Licensing Sites http://www.microsoft.com/licensing/worldwide.aspx
    to find contact information in their locations.

    Thanks,


    Yog Li
    TechNet Community Support

    Wednesday, April 10, 2013 7:26 AM
    Moderator
  • Hi Matt

    this is the first post i have found regarding a clear(er) indication of what we are in-titled to - apart from what I have read previously - sce2010 is still apart of MS strategy BS!. thankyou for displaying this information!

    1.375 SC MLs is kinda useless, why not a 1:2 or 1:4 ratio or something easy - lol!

    at least on the client side we get a 1:1 ratio. (#winning)

    I guess I can understand MS strategy point of view.

    TBH - SC2012 is a bit of a beast for us smaller guys, and sce2010 was great at combining many feature sets into one management console.

    That being said, server 2012 has better VMM management capabilities built in-the-box to manage VM's between hyper-v hosts.

    Monday, May 6, 2013 8:57 PM
  • Thanks for sharing that!  You'd think Microsoft would proactively communicate this to its SCE customers. 

    Views expressed do not represent those of my employer.

    Tuesday, May 14, 2013 7:15 PM
  • I just noticed on my Microsoft Volume Licensing Site that I had some license counts and keys for some System Center 2012 Products. May not be real clear descriptions, but at least I have some counts and keys to work from!

    Randall

    Friday, June 21, 2013 5:20 PM