We’re giving our customers greater flexibility by removing the need to wait 90 days to reassign a server application licence.
This means you can move server applications between servers in a server farm* as often as you want without paying any extra licensing fees.
We will also be offering extended support, including for third party virtualisation solutions, across 31 of our server application products.
This comes into effect on September 1st 2008.
We’ve been listening to our customers and partners, who’ve been asking for this change. We are evolving our licensing rules in response to their feedback and to keep pace with rapid innovation in (and adoption of) virtualisation technologies. Waiving the 90 day reassignment rule means customers can set up far more dynamic, agile IT infrastructures that make the most of the flexibility that virtualisation offers.
On top of this, our customers will now get the same level of support in a virtualised environment that they are used to in a non-virtualised environment.
And of course, changing the rules in this way helps us to drive adoption of our virtualisation solutions.
Which products are covered?
This change only applies to licences bought through a Volume Licensing agreement.
However, customers don’t need to have Software Assurance to take advantage of the new rules.
Most Server Application Products licensed in the Server and CAL Mode
All Enterprise editions of Products licensed in the Per Processor Mode
Please note that Windows Server 2008 is not in the scope of these changes.