Masters of Microsoft Licensing is an intensive, 2-day training course that provides you with a comprehensive knowledge of the key concepts, licence terms and purchasing options that you need to be familiar with in order to make informed licensing decisions that optimise licensing costs, mitigate compliance risks and maximise your return on software investment.
Why should I attend?
Software licence terms can be extremely complex and consequently they are often misunderstood. In fact, misinterpreted licence terms along with insufficient knowledge are two of the leading causes of overspending and non-compliance.
Maintaining a strong in-house knowledge of software licensing is critical to your ability to make informed licensing decisions, optimise licensing costs and mitigate compliance risks. It is also recommended by both the ISO SAM Standard (ISO/IEC 19770-1:2006 – Information technology – Software asset management — Part 1: Processes) and ITIL SAM best practice guidelines (ITIL V3 Guide to Software Asset Management).
The knowledge you gain from this course will help you;
- Make strategic licensing decisions that are informed and cost effective.
- Identify and mitigate legal and financial compliance risks.
- Optimise the use of your existing software licenses.
- Eliminate unnecessary spending on software licenses you don’t require.
- Communicate confidently and effectively with both Microsoft and your reseller.
- Better plan your maintenance renewals and future licensing acquisitions.
- Take advantage of licence benefits you are paying for but not utilising.
- Acquire much of the knowledge required to pass the Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist (MCTS) Volume Licensing Certifications.
- Become your organisations in-house licensing expert!
You will also get confirmation on what you know, fill in the gaps of what you don’t know, and find out if there is anything you have overlooked or misinterpreted.
What will I learn?
The Fundamentals of Microsoft Software Licensing:
Acronyms, Terminology & Definitions including;
- Products, Versions, Release Versions & Editions
- Copies, Instances & Running Instances
- CAL’s, Processor, Core & External Connector Licenses
- OSE’s, VOSE’s, POSE’s
- Peak Capacity & Licence Mobility
- Upgrade Licenses & Downgrade Rights
- Plus many more…
Acquiring Microsoft Software Licenses:
The advantages, disadvantages and implications of acquiring licenses through;
- Full Packaged Product (FPP)
- Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM)
- Volume Licensing Agreements
The Microsoft Volume Licence Agreement Portfolio:
The structure, minimum requirements and pro’s and con’s of each of Microsoft’s corporate Volume Licence Agreements including;
- Open & Open Value
- Select Plus
Volume Licensing Concepts:
- Points, Pools & Platform Products
- Qualified Desktops & Qualified Users
- CORE CAL Suite & Enterprise CAL Suite
- Plus much more…
- New Version Rights
- Step-Up Licenses
- Windows 8 Enterprise
- Home Use Program
- Roaming Use Rights
- Unlimited Virtualisation
- Plus much more…
Microsoft Licensing Models:
- Desktop Operating Systems
- Desktop Applications
- Processor + CAL
- Server + CAL
- Per Processor
- Per Core
- Management Servers
- Specialty Servers
- Developer Tools
- Windows 8
- Office, Project & Visio 2013
- Windows Server 2012
- Exchange Server 2013
- Forefront Identity Manager 2010 R2
- Forefront Threat Management Gateway 2010
- Lync Server 2013
- Project Server 2013
- SharePoint Server 2013
- Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2011 Server
- System Center 2012
- SQL Server 2012
- And many more including some prior versions of some of the above
- Virtual Server Environments
- Terminal Server Environments
- Test & Development Environments
- What are the most common causes of software licence non-compliance?
- What are the most common deployment scenarios where non-compliance is identified?
- Can employees bring their own devices?
- How can I reduce cost and compliance risks through server consolidation and reconfiguration?
Who Should Attend?
Your IT Team
- IT Managers
- IT Architects
- Network Administrators
- Helpdesk Staff
The simplest deployment, configuration or architecture change to your computing environment can result in additional licensing requirements and quickly expose your organisation to legal and financial compliance risks. On the other hand, simple configuration changes and server consolidations can also reduce your ongoing licensing costs and reduce your risk exposure, often without having to spend a cent. It is essential that everyone who plays a role in the deployment and configuration of your Microsoft software environment has a sound knowledge of software licence terms to ensure costly mistakes aren’t made and to ensure your environment can be configured in a manner which optimises your licensing requirements.
Your SAM Team
- Procurement Managers
- Asset Managers
- Compliance Managers
It is essential that your SAM team has a complete understanding of the numerous purchasing options which are available as well as the advantages, disadvantages and implications of each of those options. This knowledge will help ensure the most cost effective licensing decisions are made and that the right types of licenses are acquired in the right quantities to ensure compliance without overspending.
The terminology, licensing concepts and licence terms learned will also help streamline future communications and negotiations with both your reseller and Microsoft.
Is the course authorised by Microsoft Corporation?
Discover SAM is an independent organisation. We do not sell software licenses and as such we are uniquely positioned to provide you with truly impartial and independent licensing advice and direction. Our Masters of Microsoft Licensing training course is not affiliated with, authorised, sponsored, or otherwise approved by Microsoft Corporation.
Are there any course prerequisites?
There are no course prerequisites. Your trainer will guide you everything you need to know.
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