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Migrating From Server 2003 The First Step

Planning Makes Perfect When Moving to Server 2012

by Jonathan Clark | 03.25.15

As you no doubt know, support for Microsoft Windows Server 2003 is coming to an end. It’s been a great 12 years, but it’s time for a change—and a change to Server 2012 will keep your organization safe under Microsoft’s watchful eyes for years to come. But it’s not as simple as just pushing a button.

Tags:End Of SupportHP windows server 2003 eosIntel windows server 2003 eosMicrosoftMicrosoft Ended SupportServer migrationServersWindows ServerWindows Server 2003Windows Server 2003 EOSWindows Server 2003 Vulnerability AssessmentWindows Server 2012Windows Server 2012 DatacenterWindows Server 2012 StandardWindows Server Enterprise

What You Need to Know About Licensing for Windows Server 2012

What’s the Difference between Standard and Datacenter Editions?

by Patrick Renzi | 03.23.15

In part one of our three-part look into Windows Server 2012, we took a deep dive into the new licensing options. Today, we’re going to closely examine what really sets the two licensing options—Standard or Datacenter—apart.

Tags:CloudData CenterMicrosoftVirtualizationWindows Server 2012Windows Server 2012 DatacenterWindows Server 2012 Standard

Microsoft EA 101

Who It’s for and How It Works

by Jack Dillman | 03.18.15

Chances are you’ve probably heard of a Microsoft Enterprise Agreement (EA) before. It’s just a volume licensing deal for software, right? What’s the big deal? Well, a few years ago, a volume licensing program was just a better way to get bigger savings on big orders. Today, it’s a whole different ballgame.

With the rise of cloud, big data, and new ways of working, everyone’s looking for greater flexibility. As your technological landscape changes, you need to be able to download products, use them, pay for them, and bring them into the environment at your leisure—not on a transactional basis. Microsoft EA delivers that flexibility.

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Licensing

Just a couple of weeks ago, we provided a quick take on licensing options for Windows Server 2012 that enterprise IT leaders will need to consider as they plan their OS migration strategies. (See Windows Server 2003 Isn’t Broke: So Why Fix It?). Up next, we’ll dive deeper into Windows 2012 licensing.

Tags:CloudITLicensingMicrosoftSoftwareVirtualizationWindows Server 2012Windows Server 2012 DatacenterWindows Server 2012 Standard

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The Truth About Microsoft Enterprise Agreements

Don’t Overpay—Let Us Find the Value for You

by Lane Shelton | 03.11.15

Chances are, if you have more than 250 devices at your organization, you have heard the Enterprise Agreement (EA) pitch more than once. In fact, I agree hands down you can find results anywhere from 15% to 45% off your costs with an EA under the right circumstances. If your organization wants to license software and cloud services for a minimum three-year period, you get built-in savings and several other benefits like free training, consulting services, and tech support. Even if you’re not ready for the cloud right now, there are ways to use the EA as a licensing vehicle to gain savings and benefits, and possibly even become cloud-ready—but with the ability to move at your pace, on your terms. 

Tags:CloudEnterprise AgreementMicrosoftSoftwareSoftware Assurance