System Center Licensing session announced for MMS 2013

This is sure to be a hot session, even though it’s a late entry into the MMS 2013 session catalog.  I’ve been talking about this session coming and even posted a note about it yesterday here:  Understanding Microsoft System Center 2012 Licensing. After looking through the list of sessions recently, remembering how many past attendees begged for a licensing learning...

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Learning Microsoft licensing through gritted teeth? This new doc may save yourself some lockjaw

Anything about Microsoft Licensing, I snatch up pretty quickly and start reading.  About halfway through the second page, my eyes tear up from the pain, and I welcome any distractions in the room to pull me away.  I know most of you are that way, too.  Understanding Microsoft Licensing requires dedicated hours, sometimes even in a classroom setting.  There are...

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Is your boss happy with your software license management approach?

According to a new survey done by Flexera Software and Internatinal Data Corp (IDC), probably not… The survey indicates that only 8% of enterprise executives are very satisfied.  One third of enterprises said they are either dissatisfied or very dissatisfied with their current method for managing software licenses and usage. Was your boss among them? Maybe it’s time to assess your Software Asset Managemen(SAM)...

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Did your company conduct a self-audit for software licensing compliance in 2012?

Dilbert did…well sort of. If you skipped your self-audit then you should make it top priority for 2013. Read on to find out how to get started. There’s a good chance you will have a vendor initiated software audit next year, especially if you haven’t had one yet. A self-audit is a great tune-up exercise for organizations. It’s also an excellent way...

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ConfigMgr 2012 still presents significant challenges with Software License Management

Express Metrix hosted a webcast recently, covering their asset management offering for SCCM 2012.  At the end of the webcast they polled the audience to see if the 2012 version of SCCM had finally resolved the lack of support for asset management in the System Center suite.  The results of the poll (which you can read through here: http://www.expressmetrix.com/blog/3054/microsoft-sccm-users-survey/) are pretty much what...

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What does Microsoft's Software Assurance program provide for Windows 8?

Microsoft has released a highly useful overview chart, showing the benefits of their Software Assurance program.  It has been updated for Windows 8.  The chart gives evidence that Software Assurance provides a lot of value for organizations.  The first page of the chart shows the usual checkmark comparison matrix which is great for a quick glance, but the second page goes...

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Take a course on Private Cloud (System Center 2012) Licensing

More complicated than anything should legally be allowed to be, Microsoft System Center 2012 licensing provides more frustration than a 100 end-users staring at the new Windows 8 UI for the first time.  So, anytime I find something useful to help understand the licensing scheme I always read it or listen in.  You could literally build an entire conference just...

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