Volume Licensing Newsletter  | March 2012
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Microsoft® Volume Licensing Newsletter | Subscribe to this newsletterMarch 2012
Microsoft System Center 2012 gives you a flexible, cost-effective way to manage your datacenters, private and public clouds, and client devices. We've simplified the licensing options for this powerful new product, and in this month's newsletter, we want to introduce you to the changes.
TWO LICENSING MODELS: SERVER MANAGEMENT AND CLIENT MANAGEMENT
1) Server Management Licenses (MLs) help you get the most from your private cloud. They are required for System Center-managed servers.
Server MLs are offered in two editions: Datacenter and Standard.
Both editions contain the same components, including management console and SQL rights, and the ability to manage any private cloud workload. The only difference between the editions is the number of virtual operating system environments (OSEs) you can manage per license.
EDITION
COMPONENTS INCLUDED
Microsoft® System Center 2012 Datacenter
The Datacenter edition maximizes cloud capacity with unlimited OSEs for high-density private clouds.
Microsoft® System Center 2012 Standard
The Standard edition is designed for lightly or nonvirtualized private cloud workloads. It allows the management of up to two OSEs per license.
Operations Manager
Configuration Manager
Data Protection Manager
Service Manager
Virtual Machine Manager
Endpoint Protection*
Orchestrator
App Controller*
*New component introduced with System Center 2012
2) Client Management Licenses provide simple, cost-effective options to manage and protect client systems. They are required for System Center-managed devices that run non-server operating system environments. Three Client MLs are available, depending on your needs:
CLIENT MANAGEMENT LICENSES COMPONENTS INCLUDED
System Center 2012
Configuration Manager
Client ML
Configuration Manager
Virtual Machine Manager
System Center 2012
Endpoint Protection
Client ML
Endpoint Protection
System Center Client
Management Suite
Client ML
Service Manager
Operations Manager
Data Protection Manager
Orchestrator
That's it in a nutshell: Two licensing options, two editions. We've worked hard to create a simplified system that will serve your needs, and we hope you find it intuitive and easy to use.
For detailed information on these changes, including transition guidance, download the System Center 2012 licensing data sheet.
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A COST-FREE TOOL FOR EXPLORING A MOVE TO THE CLOUD
Considering moving to the cloud but wary of the deployment process? We can help. Our Private Cloud, Management and Virtualization Deployment Planning Services (PVDPS)-available at no additional charge for our Software Assurance customers-can help you explore the value of your technology investment around System Center, Windows Server, and Private Cloud. This benefit provides personalized planning services from a Microsoft Services or a qualified Microsoft partner to help ease your deployment through assessments, migration planning, POC, and pilot deployment tailored to your organization. Exercise your benefit today for help with your cloud deployment or upgrade.
See how PVDPS can help your organization deploy System Center 2012.
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STAY INFORMED ABOUT SYSTEM CENTER 2012 LICENSING
We'll discuss System Center 2012 licensing in depth at the next Stay Informed: Microsoft Licensing Series webcast. Join us Friday, April 27, 2012, at 9:00 A.M. Pacific Time.
Register now
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
SOFTWARE ASSURANCE BENEFITS
Combining the latest software with training, 24-hour phone support, affiliate services, and IT tools, Microsoft Software Assurance (SA) helps you get the most out of your software investment. For SA benefits help, please call (866) 230-0560, or go to the SA benefits website.
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