Microsoft Volume Licensing (VL) programs: physical media is no longer available

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Microsoft announced that Software on physical media – such as CDs, DVDs, flash drives, and USB sticks – is no longer available for all the Microsoft Volume Licensing programs. Users should download their software from Microsoft’s Volume License Service Center (VLSC). All you need to know about the VLSC, you find on this page: https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/Licensing/existing-customer/vlsc-training-and-resources.aspx

Microsoft Azure Monetary Commitment Overage Payments

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Microsoft announced changes to when customers are invoiced for overage on their Azure Monetary Commitment. Historically, this has been quarterly or annually, dependent on agreement type, which was changed to quarterly for all customer and agreement types in December 2017. Now all overage of new and renewing Enterprise Agreement (EA) customers will be charged at the end of each month. This change will not affect current enrollments before end of their term.

Affected programs:

  • Enterprise: Enterprise Agreement (EA), Enterprise Agreement Subscription (EAS) and Server and Cloud Enrollment (SCE)
  • Academic: Enrollment for Education Solutions (EES)
  • Government

This will impact both Direct and Indirect EA customers.

Veritas Enterprise Vault Versions 10.x and 11.x – End of Support

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The Veritas Enterprise Vault versions 10.x have reached their End of Support Life. Veritas has ceased support of this product including any Maintenance Packs and/or patches for each version of Enterprise Vault 10.x, in all released languages.

The Veritas Enterprise Vault versions 11.x will reach their End of Support Life on February 1st 2019.

Existing customers with active maintenance may be entitled to upgrade to the current version of Enterprise Vault 12.3 at no charge. Please see the link below for more information: https://www.veritas.com/support/en_US/article.000116348

VMware vSphere 5.5 End of General Support

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The End of General Support (EOGS) for vSphere 5.5 and vSAN 5.5 is September 19th, 2018. To maintain full level of Support and Subscription Services after this date, customers will need to upgrade to vSphere 6.5.

Upgrading to vSphere delivers the latest vSAN release and capabilities. vCloud Suite 5 and vSphere with Operations Management (vSOM) customers running vSphere 5.5 are also recommended to upgrade to vSphere 6.5. For more information about the VMware vSphere Upgrade, please visit: https://www.vmware.com/products/vsphere/upgrade-center.html

Adobe Creative Cloud for teams Migration Offer

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Until June 1st 2018 Adobe offers a migration discount on Creative Cloud for teams. The migration offer is available to Commercial and Government customers with valid licenses for products within the Creative Suite 3 (CS3), Creative Suite 4 (CS4), Creative Suite 5 (CS5), Creative Suite 5.5 (CS5.5) or Creative Suite 6 (CS6) migrating to Creative Cloud for teams.

Migration pricing applies as follows for Eligible Customers:

  • Creative Cloud for teams All Apps 49.99 € per user per month (Save 240 € annually)
  • Creative Cloud for teams Single App 19.99 € per user per month (Save 120 € annually) – Excludes InCopy CC and Acrobat Pro DC

For more information about Adobe Creative Cloud for teams, please visit: https://www.adobe.com/lu_en/creativecloud/business/teams.html

Microsoft Dynamics 365 for Sales Professional available

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Microsoft Dynamics 365 for Sales Professional is a User Subscription License for Dynamics 365 for Sales users who need to focus on sales execution activities such as lead and opportunity management, and managing products, price lists, quotes, and orders. The existing Enterprise User Subscription License is still available and adds additional functionality such as Social Engagement and Gamification. For further information about Microsoft Dynamics 365 for Sales Professional  and a comparison of the plans, please visit: https://dynamics.microsoft.com/en-us/pricing/sales/

Microsoft Common Area Phone available

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Microsoft has announced the Common Area Phone Device Subscription License (DSL). Common Area Phone is a Device License intended for phones that are deployed as standalone, shared devices in locations such as break rooms, reception areas, shop floors etc. It is a standalone license with no purchase prerequisites.
The Microsoft Common Area Phone Device Subscription License combines two sets of capabilities:

  • Skype for Business Online Plan 2 including presence, instant messaging and in this context more important: conferencing
  • Phone System, which was previously known as Cloud PBX, and allows customers to replace their on-premises Private Branch Exchange (PBX) with a cloud-based system

This license is available in Enterprise Agreement, Enterprise Agreement Subscription, Enrollment for Education Solutions, and Government Community Cloud.

Microsoft Azure Hybrid Benefit for SQL Server

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Microsoft announced the launch of the Microsoft Azure Hybrid Benefit for SQL Server. The Microsoft Azure Hybrid Benefit for SQL Server will allow customers to use their existing SQL Server licenses with active Software Assurance toward Azure SQL Database Managed Instance(s) and pay only for the underlying compute and storage.

To find out more about the Microsoft Azure Hybrid Benefit for SQL Server, please visit: https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/migrate-your-databases-to-a-fully-managed-service-with-azure-sql-database-managed-instance/

Microsoft Azure Advanced Threat Protection available

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Microsoft announced the general availability of Microsoft Azure Advanced Threat Protection (ATP) to help organizations detect advanced attacks in a hybrid environment. Microsoft Azure Advanced Threat Protection is available as a standalone User Subscription License (USL) and is also added to Enterprise Mobility + Security (EMS) E5 USLs.

For more information about Microsoft Azure Advanced Threat Protection, please visit: https://cloudblogs.microsoft.com/enterprisemobility/2018/03/01/introducing-azure-advanced-threat-protection-2/

Microsoft Dynamics Marketing retiring

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Microsoft Dynamics Marketing is scheduled to be retired on May 15, 2018. After that date, the service will not be available. Please plan accordingly. Microsoft has already introduced the successor of Microsoft Dynamics Marketing: Microsoft Dynamics 365 for Marketing, which is available in preview.

For further information about the retirement of Microsoft Dynamics Marketing, please visit
https://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/mt815204%28v=mdm.19%29.aspx