Software Assurance overview
Every day, your business must respond to change, meet challenges, and maintain growth. And whatever your business, large or small, you rely on an effective and efficient IT infrastructure to help drive success.
How can Software Assurance help you?
Software Assurance benefits help you take full advantage of your investments in IT. A comprehensive program that includes a unique set of technologies, services, and rights to help deploy, manage, and use Microsoft products efficiently, Software Assurance helps keep your business up to date and ready to respond quickly to change and opportunity.
Managing Software Assurance
Get to know which benefits your organization is entitled to through your Volume Licensing agreement, and develop an action plan for activating and using them. Here are some basic guidelines to get you started.
Your Software Assurance benefits are determined by your Volume Licensing agreement, such as the Enterprise Agreement, Microsoft Products and Services Agreement (MPSA), or Open Value agreement, and the qualifying license purchases you have with Software Assurance.
Depending on which agreement your organization has, you use one of two tools to manage your available Software Assurance benefits.
Use the Volume Licensing Service Center (VLSC) to view and activate your Software Assurance benefits. You must be registered to use the VLSC. To learn more about registration, view how-to videos or download the VLSC Software Assurance Guide at VLSC Training and Resources. You can also contact your Microsoft Partner for more information.
If you are an MPSA customer, the Business Center is your destination for easy management of your Software Assurance benefits. Sign in to the Business Center to view and start using your available Software Assurance benefits.
A consideration when choosing whether to have one or more individuals manage your organization’s Software Assurance benefits is the size of your organization and the scope of benefits that are available to you. A large enterprise that will access multiple benefits across multiple organizations may find decentralized benefits management most effective. A small or midsize organization may find it more efficient to centralize benefits management with one individual or department. Here are some typical manager recommendations for Software Assurance benefit management.
- New products and unique license rights (for example New Version Rights, Windows Virtual Desktop Access Rights, Microsoft Office Multi-Language Pack)
- Deployment resources and tools (for example Planning Services, Microsoft Desktop Optimization Pack (MDOP), License Mobility through Software Assurance)
- Technical training and learning resources (for example Training Vouchers, E-Learning)
- Support (for example, 24x7 Problem Resolution Support, Extended Hotfix Support, Back-up for Disaster Recovery)
Training Manager/HR Manager/IT Manager
- Home Use Program (HUP)
- Online learning for end users (E-Learning)
- Technical training for IT staff (Training Vouchers)
Your Software Assurance benefits are activated in the Volume Licensing Service Center (VLSC). Before you can activate your Software Assurance benefits in the VLSC, your organization needs to provide you with Software Assurance Manager permissions. After you are signed in, you’ll find a complete list of your available Software Assurance benefits. Getting started and using each individual benefit may differ slightly, but the processes are similar for most. Review the VLSC Software Assurance Guide for steps to activate, download, and use your benefits. Sign in to the VLSC.
Microsoft Products and Services Agreement (MPSA)
If your organization has a Microsoft Products and Services Agreement (MPSA), go to Microsoft Business Center to access and start using your benefits. Your Software Assurance benefits are ready to view and use once you sign in to the Business Center. When you are signed in, you’ll find instructions to get started with each benefit, links to more detailed information about each benefit, and sample communications to send to your users. Sign in to the Business Center.
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