Forefront Endpoint Protection (FEP): what changed

Forefront Client Security (FCS) was replaced by Forefront Endpoint Security in January 2011. While this might just sound like a rebranding exercise, it’s actually a lot more, both from a product functionality and a licensing standpoint. SCCM to centrally manage your systems…. and Forefront. One of main differentiator between FCS and FEP is around managing…


Windows XP Downgrade rights: a clarification

Recently, I delivered a LiveMeeting on Windows 7 downgrade rights and legalization. The subsequent discussions with partners who attended the LiveMeeting led me to put together a few notes on this topic. As you most likely know, the downgrade rights to Windows XP were extended in last July 2010; Microsoft initially limited the downgrade rights…


Happy New Year!

On behalf of Microsoft, we want to wish you a great and successful Year 2011 ! I will make sure to update the licensing blog on a more regular basis to keep you updated on important and relevant licensing information. Among other things: EES launch follow up on last December (lots of content on the…


Software Assurance Benefits – Part #2

  Let’s continue with Software Assurance benefits…. Training Vouchers Eligibility: days granted based on number of Office and Client licenses with SA Coverage. Training IT staff can be a big expense to your customers. Deployment projects typically require your IT department to update their skills on new Microsoft products and technologies. Software Assurance offers dozens…


Software Assurance Benefits – Quick refresher

Last Thursday, I had the pleasure to meet with the LAR community following a session at the Royal York hotel presented by Gartner on how to address EA Renewal objections. One of the key points was the utilization of the SA Benefits available to our EA customers. This is a perfect opportunity to do a…


Happy New Microsoft Fiscal Year…. belated of course

Welcome to a new fiscal year at Microsoft. I’m happy and excited to announce that I have taken over as Partner Licensing Manager and with my new role; I have inherited this dormant blog… I look forward to sharing my licensing enthusiasm with you in the coming weeks and months. May the Force of Licensing…


Volume Licensing Fundamentals – Introduction to Microsoft Volume Licensing Tools

Introduction to Microsoft Volume Licensing Tools This course, Volume Licensing Fundamentals-Introduction to Microsoft Volume Licensing Tools, will introduce you to the different online tools that have been designed to help Microsoft Volume Licensing customers and Partners. The course forms part of the WWLP training series on Microsoft Volume Licensing and is a new addition to…


Windows 7 Licensing Training – Available Online

Windows 7 Intermediate: Licensing Need to brush up on your Windows Client OS licensing?  Wondering what’s new with the release of Windows 7? The Windows 7 Intermediate: Licensing course will cover policy details to ensure proper licensing of Windows in the Enterprise environment and how to leverage Get Genuine programs.


The Big Easy Offer is back!

The Big Easy 3.0 Live Meeting Details: Friday, October 30th 1-2pm EST Please join Dave Owen, Partner Territory Manager, Microsoft Canada as he highlights how our most successful customer offer currently in market will help you sell, close and bring forward bigger deals into this calendar year. In one of Microsoft’s biggest launch year in…


New Fiscal Year – Windows 7 Promo

Welcome to Microsoft’s Fiscal Year 2010!   I am back from vacation and ready to blog away on everyone’s favourite topic.  Now, as exciting and complete as licensing can be, I will augment this year’s blogs with important announcements around products and promotions.   What better way to start the year than with a promotion for our…