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Frequently Asked Questions for SPLA Essentials Partners

To keep up with the changing needs of Microsoft’s valued hosting partners, the Microsoft Services Provider License Agreement (SPLA) program is being merged with the SPLA Essentials program. Effective November 1, 2011, only the SPLA program will be available, and Microsoft will no longer accept new SPLA Essentials agreements.

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SPLA Essentials was created so that smaller hosting organizations could realize the benefits of the SPLA program, with fewer rights and a simplified agreement. By merging the SPLA and SPLA Essentials into one program, we are able to offer hosters additional program benefits and the option to work with an SPLA reseller to provide account management services.

An SPLA reseller submits your reporting and payment on your behalf and assists you with all aspects of the SPLA program. Resellers can answer your licensing questions and offer additional services related to Microsoft Licensing.

No. You can continue to report directly through your SPLA Essentials agreement until it expires. Account management and reporting must be done through the Microsoft Order Entry Tool (MOET). You must have a MOET account, which you can acquire with a Windows Live ID.

You can find a short tutorial on how to use MOET in the SPLA section of the Microsoft Partner Network licensing page.

Once your agreement expires and you want to sign a new SPLA, you must work with a designated SPLA reseller.

Each SPLA reseller determines the price it charges its SPLA partners, and each reseller may base their prices on additional services they offer.

Your SPLA includes the following additional benefits:

  • Outsource data center services. Install Microsoft products on servers under the day-to-day management and control of an outsourcing company. That company can then perform data center administration, testing, and maintenance support services on your behalf.

  • Install at customer facilities. Install Microsoft products on devices that you own or lease and that are located on your customer’s premises.

  • Offer demonstrations and evaluations. You can have up to 50 active user IDs for service/product demos, and provide your customers a free 60-day trial period.

  • Include your affiliates. You can include affiliates under a single agreement.

  • Expand your reach to academic institutions. Grow your business with specific price offerings available to your academic customers through the SPLA.

There are two options in place: you can sign a new SPLA with a designated SPLA reseller or continue with your existing SPLA Essentials agreement until it expires. We will honor the commitment we made to the original SPLA Essentials agreement term with one modification, reporting must be done through the Microsoft Order Entry Tool (MOET). If you wish, you may continue to report through the SPLA Essentials program until the end of your agreement’s term. When your agreement expires, you can sign a new SPLA with a designated SPLA reseller.

You can sign a new SPLA through a designated SPLA reseller or end your hosting.

No. At the same time you submit your new SPLA agreement to you reseller, you will have to submit a written request to Microsoft to cancel your existing SPLA Essentials agreement. You can submit this request either via your reseller or directly to Microsoft via the Call Logging Tool (you must be signed into explore.ms) or email. Microsoft will confirm that your agreement has been canceled.

SPLA partners and other partners use the Microsoft Order Entry Tool (MOET) to report their use of Microsoft products. Moving SPLA Essentials partners to the MOET site creates a consistent experience for all SPLA partners.

You can continue with your existing SPLA Essentials agreement until it expires. When your SPLA Essentials agreement expires, you can either sign a new SPLA through a reseller if you want to self-host, or you can take your product to an SPLA hosting partner to host on your behalf. Find SPLA resellers in your region at Get Started with Microsoft SPLA Licensing.

Yes, if they are a designated SPLA reseller. You can verify that your reseller is a Microsoft-designated SPLA reseller by checking the SPLA reseller lists available at Get Started with Microsoft SPLA Licensing.