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Microsoft SQL Server 2012 pricing and licensing

Help your customers take advantage of innovative data, cloud-computing, and mission-critical features available in Microsoft SQL Server 2012. With SQL Server 2012, Microsoft large account resellers (LARs) can:

  • Drive Microsoft Enrollment for Application Platform (EAP) revenue by offering customers the best transition to SQL Server 2012.
  • Increase deal size through selling high-end, tier-one, and mission-critical applications.
  • Create up-sell and cross-sell opportunities by offering private cloud solutions with cloud-ready databases.
  • Get higher volume by adding business-critical capabilities to modernize legacy platforms.
  • Expand yield by selling innovative business intelligence (BI) solutions.

To learn about SQL Server 2012 pricing and licensing, use the following training and readiness resources:

Microsoft Volume Licensing agreement refresh 2011

Microsoft Volume Licensing agreements are refreshed annually. Microsoft Open License was refreshed on December 1, 2011. Microsoft Select Plus, EAP, Microsoft Enrollment for Core Infrastructure (ECI), Microsoft Enrollment for Education Solutions (EES), and master Microsoft Campus and School Agreement (CASA) were refreshed on October 3, 2011. Microsoft Enterprise Agreement and Microsoft Enterprise Subscription Agreement were refreshed on July 4, 2011. This year’s changes help clarify language, align different Volume Licensing agreements, and implement significant program enhancements that make it easier to include Microsoft Online Services, simplify licensing, and improve the customer and partner experience. To learn more, use the following resources:

New CAL Suites tipping point calculator

Use the CAL Suites tipping point calculator to compare the costs of procuring Microsoft Client Access License (CAL) Suite technology components individually or through a Microsoft CAL Suite. The calculator compares Microsoft Core CAL Suite and Microsoft Enterprise CAL (ECAL) Suite step-up calculations and incorporates the August 2011 update. Prices in the tool are illustrative, and you should enter your own pricing to use the tool accurately. You can learn more by downloading the following resources:

No-cost feature preview: SharePoint Online partner access for multiple-tenant customers in all programs

As of January 1, 2012, external user access to Microsoft SharePoint Online multiple-tenant through Share-by-Mail are available for no charge as part of a limited-time feature preview. SharePoint Online Share-by-Mail allows customers to share SharePoint sites with external users who are not required to have SharePoint Online user subscription licenses (USLs) assigned to them. More information is available in the January 2012 Microsoft Product List for Volume Licensing.

Training and readiness

Read the latest updates about licensing training and readiness.

Get Licensing News Live in Action Series – recurring online meeting registration information

Attend a Microsoft Lync online meeting for the latest licensing news and announcements to help you guide your customers to make informed licensing decisions. The Get Licensing News (GLN) Live in Action Series occurs on the first Tuesday of every other month at 8:30 A.M., Pacific time and 5:00 P.M., Pacific time. Register now to attend a meeting:

GLN Live in Action Series – recording and resources archive

Download the recording and presentations from previous GLN Live in Action Series meetings:

MOET training for SPLA Essentials partners

As of November 1, 2011, the Microsoft Services Provider License Agreement (SPLA) and SPLA Essentials programs merged, and no new SPLA Essentials agreements are being accepted. As of January 1, 2012, SPLA Essentials partners that do not move to a SPLA are required to report their usage through the Microsoft Order Entry Tool (MOET). To learn how to sign up for and use the MOET and explore.ms website to access the price list and usage reporting, download the MOET training for SPLA Essentials partners.

New Gold Volume Licensing competency requirement

As of October 1, 2011, a new requirement must be fulfilled to attain the Gold Volume Licensing competency, to ensure structured customer engagements throughout the life of the three-year Enterprise Agreement. In addition to meeting Gold Volume Licensing competency exam requirements, your organization must employ or contract with two unique Microsoft Certified Professionals (MCPs) who have each passed these assessments (currently available in Chinese [simplified], English, French, German, Japanese, and Portuguese [Brazil]):

Get Licensing Ready level-200 recording and presentation: preparation for MCP Exams 70-671 and 70-672

Download the Preparation for MCP Exams 70-671 and 70-672 level-200 presentation and Preparation for MCP Exams 70-671 and 70-672 level-200 recording from the April 14, 2011, Get Licensing Ready session for help passing MCP Exams 70-671 and 70-672 as part of the Get Licensing Ready training. Session covers what you should know about the exams, product licensing, and Microsoft Volume Licensing programs; testing your knowledge with multiple choice questions; and how to become certified.

Licensing programs and product licensing

Read the latest updates about Volume Licensing programs, product licensing, and Microsoft Software Assurance for Volume Licensing.

New SQL Server 2008 R2 appliance SKUs now available through Volume Licensing

As of November 1, 2011, three new appliance SKUs for Microsoft SQL Server 2008 R2—SQL Server 2008 R2 Data Warehouse Appliance, Business Intelligence Appliance 2012, and Database Consolidation Appliance 2012—are available through Volume Licensing. Download the SQL Server 2008 R2 appliance update and Microsoft Product List for Volume Licensing to learn more.

Updated Microsoft Online Subscription Agreement

As of October 29, 2011, a new version of the Microsoft Online Subscription Agreement (MOSA) is available for Microsoft Online Subscription Program (MOSP) customers that are acquiring Microsoft Dynamics CRM Online, Microsoft Office 365, Windows Azure platform services, and Windows Intune. Key changes include:

  • Revamped structure that helps improve overall readability, including making it easier to find ancillary documents.
  • Streamlined agreement summary at the top of the document.
  • Policy adjustments.
  • Updated cancellation policy (early termination fee option), terms (including trial terms), and definitions.
  • Minor adjustments to accommodate annual billing.
  • Additional Microsoft Dynamics CRM Online and Windows Azure content.

Pricelist update for ISVR partners

As of January 1, 2012, Microsoft Independent Software Vendor Royalty (ISVR) Licensing Program partners should refer to their local ISVR price list on explore.ms for all orders of ISVR Licensing Program SKUs. Microsoft Operations will apply the new price list to all new agreements with a start date that occurs after January 1, 2012.

The PUR and SPUR have a new look

As of October 1, 2011, the PUR and SPUR documents have been significantly redesigned and reformatted to improve readability and ease of use. View the FAQ about the improved PUR design. This is a design change only; use rights have not changed, except those that changed as part of the regular update cycle.

WPC 2011 video: Enterprise Agreement and other Volume Licensing highlights

In this video from WPC 2011, Corporate Vice President Joe Matz, of Microsoft Worldwide Licensing and Pricing, shared Microsoft's perspective for how Volume Licensing is helping you and your customers to become cloud-ready. Recent changes to the Microsoft Enterprise Agreement and Microsoft Software Assurance for Volume Licensing provide flexibility, manageability, and cost-effectiveness, enabling you to offer the right licensing solution to address the breadth of customer scenarios: on-premises, virtualized, private, or public cloud.

Volume Licensing brief: licensing Office Professional Plus for Office 365

Download the licensing Microsoft Office Professional Plus for Office 365 Volume Licensing brief to learn more about the use rights of Microsoft Office 365.

Enterprise Agreement and Office 365 LAR resource kit

The Enterprise Agreement and Microsoft Office 365 LAR resource kit provides a comprehensive set of the most requested Enterprise Agreement and Office 365 licensing and product resources for LAR-sales, licensing-specialist, and solution-specialist roles. The kit covers licensing topics that include:

  • Enterprise Agreement 2011 (July changes)
  • SKUs and pricing
  • Transitions and CALs
  • License reservation

Reminder: Select License end of sales – July 1, 2011

As of July 1, 2011, Microsoft no longer accepts new Microsoft Select License, Microsoft Select License for Academic, and Microsoft Select License for Government agreements. Customers are not required to migrate current Select License agreements, and Select License agreement renewals will continue to be available. Take advantage of this opportunity to transition your Select License customers to Microsoft Select Plus.

Software Assurance Update

Microsoft has made significant investments to help Software Assurance customers with their changing IT, deployment, and support needs.

New Software Assurance Planning Services

Build your business by helping your customers plan their deployment of Microsoft System Center, Windows Server, Windows Azure, Microsoft SQL Server, and Microsoft Visual Studio Team Foundation Server and Test Tools. The new Software Assurance Planning Services are:

Microsoft Office 365 migration guidance

Desktop Deployment Planning Services (DDPS), SharePoint Deployment Planning Services (SDPS), and Lync and Exchange Deployment Planning Services (EDPS) can now provide migration guidance for Microsoft Office 365 E-series SKUs. Engagements may involve migration planning for a specific product, such as Microsoft Exchange Online, or may explore the full capability of the Office 365 service.

License Mobility through Software Assurance

As of July 1, 2011, a new Microsoft Software Assurance for Volume Licensing benefit called License Mobility through Software Assurance is available to Volume Licensing customers, and the authorization process is open to service providers. Contact your SPLA reseller or Microsoft account manager for the addendum to the SPLA. To learn more, review the following resources:

Windows Thin PC

Windows Thin PC provides a low-footprint, locked-down version of the Windows 7 Enterprise operating system that enables organizations to repurpose the PCs they already own as thin clients, thereby reducing the need for new thin client hardware. And because these PCs retain their current Software Assurance coverage, they do not need additional Windows Virtual Desktop Access (VDA) licensing for Microsoft Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI).

New Microsoft Desktop Optimization Pack tool

Organizations using Windows 7 Enterprise BitLocker Drive Encryption and BitLocker To Go to protect data on Windows 7 PCs and portable storage devices can use Microsoft BitLocker Administration and Monitoring to help make large-scale implementations easier to manage, while minimizing support costs.

Financing and promotions

Read the latest updates about licensing pricing, Microsoft Financing, and promotions.

Turn on Lync Voice promotion extended

Through June 30, 2012, use the Turn on Lync Voice promotion to help your customers turn on enterprise voice, win market share for enterprise voice, and integrate voice into future productivity conversations. Offer savings on device and user license and Software Assurance pack (L&SA) SKUs for Microsoft Lync Server 2010 Plus CAL (Microsoft Core CAL Suite) and Microsoft Lync Server 2010 Plus CAL for ECAL (Microsoft ECAL Suite).

Microsoft Office 365 Open Value offer

Through August 2012, the Microsoft Office 365 Open Value offer enables current Microsoft Open Value company-wide and Microsoft Open Value Subscription (commercial only) customers to license Microsoft Office 365 at an adjusted price, based on their Microsoft Software Assurance for Volume Licensing investments. Download the Office 365 Open Value offer presentation and Office 365 Open Value offer FAQ to learn more.

SmartPay gadget: faster, easier financing

Microsoft Financing SmartPay is designed to help you quickly calculate payments from your desktop. Sales tools include:

  • Desktop gadget
  • Stand-alone desktop calculator
  • Customer proposal document (includes monthly payment estimates)

Download the SmartPay calculator gadget.

Tools and resources

Read the latest updates about licensing tools and resources.

November 2011 eAgreements update

Learn about the updates in the November 2011 release of Microsoft eAgreements, including support for EAP and ECI in government contracts, program transition rules, special considerations for Open Value programs, Select Plus changes, and Microsoft Baseline Security Analyzer (MBSA) version handling. Download the eAgreements quarterly release training presentation to learn more.

November 2011 VLSC update

As of November 16, 2011, your Enterprise Agreement and Enterprise Subscription Agreement customers can use the new Microsoft Volume Licensing Services Center (VLSC) license reservation transaction—located under the Licenses tab in VLSC—to create, cancel, and manage entitlement adjustments. The VLSC license reservation transaction enables customers to create a subscription for eligible cloud products for which they have received a future price quote or for additional seats of products that they have already acquired, while deferring ordering and payment until their true-up or annual order. In addition, you and your customers can place a license reservation request to migrate from on-premises assets to the cloud without a purchase order.

Partner videos and case studies

Learn from LARs about the value of Microsoft Volume Licensing tools and programs such as Microsoft Enterprise Agreement, Microsoft Select Plus, and Microsoft Financing.

Recent Gartner and IDC reports now available

Review new industry studies and other resources to learn more about current licensing trends and industry best practices. Topics include License Mobility through Software Assurance, Enterprise Agreement July 2011 refresh, CAL Suites changes, and EAP.

Updated resources

The following licensing resources have been updated:

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