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Planning services Training Home Use Program License Mobility FAQ

Use License Mobility to:

  • Extend the value of your server application licenses by deploying them on-premises or in the cloud.
  • Take advantage of the lowest cost computing infrastructure for changing business priorities.

With License Mobility through Software Assurance, you can deploy certain server application licenses purchased under your Volume Licensing agreement in an Authorized Mobility Partner’s datacenter.

Learn more about Steps for customers.

Learn more about Steps for partners. See details under Microsoft Services Provider License Agreement.

Before you use:

Enhancing deployment value

License Mobility through Software Assurance enhances the value of volume licenses with Software Assurance by extending their use to the cloud. This benefit can also help you lower your operating costs by using an Authorized Mobility Partner’s shared infrastructure.

Flexible deployment choices

By extending "License Mobility" to the cloud, Software Assurance lets you choose between deploying on-premises or through an Authorized Mobility Partner’s Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) offering. Such instances can be run on shared hardware, with the applications themselves dedicated to your organization.

Application server coverage

Application server products eligible for License Mobility through Software Assurance, including Microsoft Exchange Server, Microsoft SharePoint Server, and Microsoft SQL Server, are identified in the Microsoft Product Terms. Windows Server is not eligible for License Mobility through Software Assurance and must be provided by your chosen Authorized Mobility Partner.

When you use:

Deploy with an Authorized Mobility Partner

To take advantage of License Mobility, you can deploy on Microsoft Azure or work with any Authorized Mobility Partner. They need to have a current Microsoft Services Provider License Agreement in place to accept your assigned licenses and deploy them as appropriate to your chosen hosted deployment solution.

Submit a License Verification Form

Within 10 days of deployment, complete the License Verification Form available on the Volume Licensing Document Search website and provide it to your Microsoft representative or preferred resell partner, so he or she can submit your form to Microsoft. Once submitted, Microsoft will confirm your eligibility and communicate your verification status to you and your chosen Authorized Mobility Partner.

More resources:

License Mobility Overview (PDF, 313 KB)

Software Assurance FAQ

Steps for customers

The following provides basic instructions for Microsoft Volume Licensing customers who want to deploy their dedicated application server workloads with an Authorized Mobility Partner using their License Mobility through Software Assurance benefit.

1. Assess your licenses

Work with your licensing procurement team or your Microsoft representative or preferred reseller to understand your license position. You will want to confirm:

The application server licenses you want to deploy with an Authorized Mobility Partner are eligible as identified in the current Product Terms.

The application server licenses you want to deploy with an Authorized Mobility Partner have active Software Assurance coverage.

2. Choose an Authorized Mobility Partner

You can deploy your mobility licenses on Microsoft Azure or choose from the list of Authorized Mobility Partners (PDF, 1.26 MB). Make sure the partner is a good match for your organization’s objectives and deployment plan.

3. Deploy with your partner

Eligible licenses can be deployed on any Authorized Mobility Partner’s shared datacenter to help lower your cloud infrastructure costs by letting your chosen partner use your existing licenses.

4. Verify your licenses

Within 10 days of deployment, complete the License Verification Form available on the Volume Licensing Document Search website (scroll down and select "License Verification" in the Document Type box) and provide it to your Microsoft representative or preferred reseller partner representative, so he or she can submit your form to Microsoft. Microsoft uses the completed form to verify that the licenses for the workloads you deploy to the cloud are eligible per the terms of your License Mobility through Software Assurance benefit, and confirms this information to both you and your Authorized Mobility Partner.

Getting answers

  • The License Mobility Verification Guide (PDF, 793 KB) is a step-by-step guide to completing and submitting the License Verification form.
  • For questions about the verification process not addressed in the Verification Guide, contact your Microsoft representative or preferred reseller.
  • For questions about deploying with an Authorized Mobility Partner, contact your partner of choice.
  • For all other questions, contact Microsoft Customer Support.

For more information

License Mobility through Software Assurance Customer Program Guide (PDF, 951 KB)

License Mobility Through Software Assurance

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With License Mobility through Software Assurance, you can deploy certain application server licenses on-premises or in the cloud in a shared hardware environment and assign your existing licenses to an Authorized Mobility Partner. This lets you choose between deploying on-premises or through any Authorized Mobility Partner’s shared data center. By letting the partner use your existing licenses, you can help lower your cloud infrastructure costs.

Customers who have active Software Assurance coverage on applicable Microsoft products, including Microsoft SharePoint and Microsoft Exchange, are eligible for License Mobility. For specific terms and a complete list of Microsoft products that are eligible for License Mobility, refer to the “Appendix B: Software Assurance Benefits” section in the Microsoft Product Terms.

Note: Because the Authorized Mobility Partner provides Windows Server to you as a part of their infrastructure software, Windows Server is not included in the License Mobility benefit.

To take advantage of License Mobility, you can deploy on Microsoft Azure or work with any Authorized Mobility Partner. Complete the verification form available on the Volume Licensing website and give it to your Microsoft representative or preferred partner, who can help you submit it to Microsoft. After receiving the form, Microsoft will confirm your eligibility and communicate your verification status to you and your chosen Authorized Mobility Partner.

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