Overview Steps for customers


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. (Note: For SQL Server customers with core-based licensing and Software Assurance coverage, broader benefits are available under Azure Hybrid Benefit rights. For more information, see Azure Hybrid Benefit. The steps described below do not apply to Azure Hybrid Benefit use.) 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.

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