Microsoft Licensing Agreement Types

The Microsoft Business Services Agreement (MBSA) is a permanent document with no fixed expiry date and contains most of the terms and conditions applicable to all Microsoft agreements and records. In section 2 of the MBSA, you will usually find the language in terms of usage, ownership, rights and all restrictions. Section 3 of the MBSA explains how both parties should handle confidential information. Guarantees, defending third-party claims, limitation of liability and compliance verification are also dealt with in the MBSA. The next documents that can be changed monthly (and that are included in your agreement) are the “Product Terms” document and the terms and conditions of online services. These are the documents that explicitly indicate the user rights that Microsoft grants to a licensee for a particular Microsoft product. Note that all uses not expressly granted by Microsoft are reserved. We will often have a customer who expresses his frustration by saying, “Microsoft doesn`t say I can`t… — but it doesn`t work that way. Suppliers are not required to describe all prohibited application cases. All they have to do is articulate the specific user rights they make available to a licensee. This heart-based license requires that all physical nuclei in your server be licensed (the number of nuclei you have in a virtual server is irrelevant).

So if you have 20 cores out of 2 processors, but you currently only use 4 of these cores on a virtual server, whatever, you still have to concede them all. For each physical processor in your server, you need at least 8 core licenses (even if it only has 6 cores) and at least 16 core licenses for each server you own (even if it only has 1 and 8 cores). What does that mean? You`ll need at least 16 basic licenses, no matter what your server actually has, unless you have more than 16 cores, you`ll need more. Partners must work with authorized Microsoft distributors to sell licenses and subscriptions through open agreements. You must also be an AER to sell licenses via Open License for Academic and Open Value Subscription for Education Solutions.