Managing Microsoft Client Access Licenses (Part 3 of 3)

By Vincent Brasseur Microsoft is delivering Cloud services through products such as Intune and Office 365. These products add a layer of complexity to the Client Access License (CAL) software asset management challenge. Microsoft Enterprise Agreement (EA) customers have the option to trade their on premises perpetual licenses for subscriptions for Office 365 and Intune. Access to server workloads such as SharePoint, Exchange, Lync and Project is already part of the subscription delivered with Office 365. As a result, the Microsoft Office 365 online subscription overlaps, to some extent, and does not exactly match the entitlement delivered with the Core…

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Support Costs Down, Satisfaction Up with Automatic Application Updates

What makes a happy end user? Start with a smooth, effortless installation experience. But that’s just the beginning. Ensure satisfied, repeat customers down the road by efficiently and consistently delivering new capabilities, upgrades, security alerts and other patches. According to a Flexera Software survey, a majority of application producers are not taking advantage of solutions that automatically deliver these critical updates. Not doing so can put your users at risk, especially if an urgent security alert or quality update needs to be shared. The consequences of an inadequate software update process can include dissatisfied customers, higher support costs, reduced profits,…

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Managing Microsoft Client Access Licenses (Part 2 of 3)

By Vincent Brasseur Managing Client Access Licenses (CAL), staying compliant and optimized is not an easy task. There are three main challenges that any organization will typically face: the complexity of the license purchasing options, the complexity of the related product use rights provided by Microsoft, and the lack of accurate discovery and inventory tools. Client Access Licenses (CAL) can be purchased individually from Microsoft or in bundles called the CAL Suites. Each individual CAL is tied to a specific version of the server service. A CAL purchased for Windows Server 2008 not carrying upgrade rights cannot be used to…

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Word on the Street: Windows 10 Will Come with another New Browser

Windows 9 10 is rumored to have a new browser, or two, that will tag along with the new Windows 10operating system release. Some say that the new browser, code named ‘Spartan’, will be a cross between Chrome and Safari and provide a simpler user experience. Internet Explorer is not dead and it too will come out with a new version with Windows 10. With all these changes on the horizon, enterprises will need to start planning for the upcoming releases soon if they want to keep up with Microsoft’s increasing frequency of updates.

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Top 10 Software License Optimization Blogs from 2014

By John Emmitt Well, its that time of year again– time to take a look back at the most popular Software License Optimization blogs for 2014. Here are the top 10: Oracle Database License Management in VMware Virtual Environments (Part 1 of 3) Oracle Database License Management in VMware Virtual Environments (Part 2 of 3) Windows Server 2012 Datacenter vs. Stacked Standard Edition Licenses Why a SKU is Important to Software Asset Management Oracle’s Magic Ratio Microsoft SQL Server Licensing Showdown — Core versus Server + CAL Oracle Database License Management in VMware Virtual Environments (Part 3 of 3) SAP–…

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Webinar Q&A: Installation Best Practices—Tips for Building Upgrades, Updates and Patches

For every upgrade, update or patch you create, you have a second chance to create a great first impression with your end users. In “Installation Best Practices: Tips for Building Upgrades, Updates and Patches,” webinar attendees were eager to learn best practices to follow when creating and deploying an update-friendly Windows Installer (MSI) installation. Here are the top questions and answers from the webinar. 1. Q: When do I use a major upgrade versus a patch? A: First, ask yourself how it will impact your business development needs. If you don’t have time to do thorough testing and QA, then…

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Top Software Installation Authoring Blogs of 2014

For application producers, the year 2014 brought many new opportunities—such as developing installations for cloud and virtual environments, as well as ongoing challenges like bringing products to market faster while delivering a seamless, contemporary customer experience, whether developing Windows installers or multi-platform installers. Below are the most popular topics covered in the InstallTalk blogs of 2014. Top 10 Most-Read InstallTalk Blogs of 2014 Using InstallShield to Create an Installation that Installs Windows Services Building 32-Bit and 64-Bit Installations from the Same InstallShield Project Using Active Setup to Repair User Settings Using MSI Launch Conditions to Prevent Installation on Unsupported Windows…

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Managing Microsoft Client Access Licenses (Part 1 of 3)

By Vincent Brasseur There are many challenges to accurately managing and optimizing Microsoft Client Access Licenses (CALs). In this 3-part blog series we will review some of the basic CAL rules, show how to establish a license position for Microsoft CALs, and lastly, discuss how the Microsoft Cloud offering is impacting CAL licenses. Client Access Licenses are a category of licenses sold by Microsoft that provide access to server software. Server products requiring CALs include Windows Server, SQL Server, Exchange Server and SharePoint Server. CALs are typically not represented by a software installation on the device connecting to the server…

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Looking forward: Migrating to Windows 10

With Windows 7 now firmly in place in enterprise organizations, and Windows 8.x merely a distraction, Windows 10 is gaining a lot of interest. Windows 7 SP1 mainstream support ends in January 2015 and Microsoft has started prelaunch activities for v10. There is no lack of speculation on what the new release will bring, but the common opinion is that Windows 10 will be the next big OS migration for enterprises.

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