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Volume Licensing briefs provide in-depth knowledge of licensing topics. They are particularly useful for learning about complex licensing situations involving new technologies or combinations of products.

Secure Productive Enterprise
October 2016
Secure Productive Enterprise is a per user licensing option that includes Office 365, Enterprise Mobility + Security, and Windows 10 Enterprise.

Self-Hosted Applications
February 2016
Provides an in-depth look at the “Self-Hosted Applications” use right and its requirements for Independent Software Vendors (ISVs) that want to provide their own software as a hosted service.

Licensing Azure Site Recovery for service providers
January 2016
This whitepaper is for service providers that want to know about licensing Azure Site Recovery (ASR) in different recovery scenarios. ASR protects partner hosted services by coordinating the automated replication and recovery of protected software.

Licensing Windows Embedded 8
April 2014
Windows Embedded 8 is a trusted platform that enables enterprises to delight customers and extend the power and intuitive experience of Windows 8 to specialized devices. This brief explains the options for licensing Windows Embedded 8 editions and key enterprise features.

What are "Qualified Devices"?
April 2014
Some Volume Licensing agreements and enrollments provide organization-wide licensing with tiered pricing that can be based on the number of "Qualified Devices." This brief provides a revised definition of a "Qualified Device."

Introduction to per core licensing and basic definitions
April 2017
The purpose of this brief is to provide definitions of key terms related to server licensing and introduce the basics of the per core licensing model.

Microsoft software license dependency reference guide
December 2015
A comprehensive list of Microsoft software licenses and dependent licenses (the "software stack") required under the terms of Volume Licensing programs.

Reimaging rights
February 2015
Explains the rights that are granted to all Volume Licensing customers to copy software onto multiple devices from one standard image.

Downgrade rights
March 2017
Explains the downgrade rights for the most commonly acquired systems License Terms granted by Volume Licensing programs and how they compare with original equipment manufacturer (OEM) and full packaged product (FPP) license rights.

Step-up Licenses
November 2013
Outlines how customers who have Software Assurance can migrate from a lower edition to a higher edition software while maintaining their Software Assurance coverage on a given product.

Server and Cloud Enrollment
April 2015
Reviews the requirements for the installed base-wide commitment for the Server and Cloud Enrollment.

Multiplexing—Client Access License (CAL) requirements
April 2014
Explains how multiplexing affects the licensing of server operating systems and server products licensed under the server/client access license (CAL) model.

Licensing Microsoft SharePoint Server
April 2017
Clarifies the licensing process for Microsoft SharePoint Server and gives some examples of common-use licensing scenarios.

Base and Additive Client Access Licenses: An explanation
August 2015
An explanation of how server software that requires client access licenses (CALs) offers one base CAL to license access to server functionality and may offer one or more additive CALs.

Licensing the Core CAL Suite and the Enterprise CAL Suite
April 2017
Explains how the Microsoft Core CAL Suite and the Microsoft Enterprise CAL Suite can provide access rights for a number of server products and online services.

Licensing Microsoft Office 365 ProPlus subscription service in Volume Licensing
October 2015
Addresses commonly asked questions about how to license Office 365 ProPlus subscription service through Volume Licensing.

Licensing Microsoft Office software in Volume Licensing
June 2016
Covers use rights for Microsoft Office for the Windows operating system acquired as a software product under a desktop application license (typically, a perpetual license).

Licensing Windows and Microsoft Office to use with the Apple Mac
August 2015
Answers frequently asked questions about licensing the Windows operating system and Microsoft Office to run on the Macintosh.

Licensing Windows client and server operating systems in multiuser scenarios
March 2014
Clarification of Microsoft Volume Licensing policies for the Windows client, Windows Server, and Windows MultiPoint Server operating systems when the potential for multiuser scenarios exists.

Operating system license requirements: Initial operating system and transfer of license
August 2015
Provides a brief explanation of Microsoft operating system license requirements for initial operating systems, transfer of licenses, and reassignment of licenses.

Licensing Microsoft server products for use in virtual environments         
June 2016
Provides an overview of Microsoft licensing models for the server operating system and server applications under virtual environments.

Licensing Windows Server 2012 R2 RDS and Microsoft desktop applications for use with RDS
December 2014
Clarifies Microsoft licensing policies for Windows Server Remote Desktop Services (RDS)—including the new components that are in Windows Server 2012 R2—and Microsoft desktop applications for use with Windows Server RDS.

Licensing Windows desktop operating system for use with virtual machines
August 2015
Provides an overview of the Microsoft Volume Licensing use rights for the Windows client operating system when running within virtual machines.

Licensing Windows Server 2012 R2 for use with virtualization technologies
November 2013
Discusses how Microsoft Windows Server 2012 R2 is licensed when used with virtualization technologies like VMware ESX/ESXi, Microsoft System Center 2012 R2 Virtual Machine Manager, or Parallels Virtuozzo.

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