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Licensing brief: Step-up Licenses

Applies to all Volume Licensing programs


Volume Licensing customers with Software Assurance can migrate from a lower edition to a higher edition software product while maintaining their Software Assurance coverage on a given product. (See below for complete details about maintaining Software Assurance coverage in Step-up scenarios.) The Step-up License makes it easier for you to move from a lower level edition to a higher level edition without incurring the full cost of licensing two separate editions of the software. This licensing brief presents the possible Step-ups and explains the Step-up rules.

What’s new in this brief

This brief replaces a previous version published in December 2012. It has been updated to reflect the available step-up licenses as of November 2013.

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