Changes effective July 1st to System Center Server Management Suite Enterprise Licensing

 

Components of Server Management Suite Enterprise

Enterprise server management licences<Server MLs> for

  • · System Center Operations Manager 2007,
  • · System Center Configuration Manager 2007 R2,
  • · System Center Data Protection Manager 2007
  • · System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2008
  • · And System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2008 Management Server License

Current licensing Rules: Rights to manage an unlimited number of operating system environments (OSEs) on a single physical server

Upcoming System Center Server Management Suite Enterprise Licensing Changes

Two System Center Server Management Suite licensing changes will become effective 1 July, 2009, with the release of Microsoft System Center Operations Manager 2007 R2*:

  • · System Center Server Management Suite Enterprise <SMSE>will be switched from an unlimited operating system environment to a four operating system environment, limited licence with a corresponding 20 per cent price decrease.
  • · A new suite offering, Microsoft System Center Server Management Suite Datacenter <SMSD> will be introduced and will include the same products as System Center Server Management Suite Enterprise, but, it will be licensed per processor and will provide for the management of an unlimited number of operating system environments.

*Licensing changes become effective when customers adopt System Center Operations Manager 2007 R2 and subsequent releases of the other products included in the System Center Server Management Suite family.

See http://ladylicensing.spaces.live.com/blog/cns!87F95F1B5B21B01E!1814.entry for the full transistion path from SMSE to SMSD

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4 Comments

  1. Could I ask for clarification on how this affects existing customers? For example if I have just purchased SMSE licences (with SA) for servers running more than 4 virtual OS, and I wish to take advantage of the added features of the R2 release of SCOM 2007 do I now have to buy additional licences to cover the additional virtual OS\’s? Despite the fact that I paid the 20% higher price and SA for the ability to upgrade the product I already own based on an existing licence model? If I have paid for SA surely I would be entitled to continue to use the product and upgrades available during the SA period under the same terms?

  2. Hi Lee and IanWe have a full migration plan for existing customers, please keep posted as I will cover this off on the official release date 1st July, as a note, for SA customers we always have a transistion and migration plan when we make changes that affects product licensingCheersEmma

  3. Hi Emma,As a SA customer with a fairly large deployment utilizing the existing SMSE (heavily dependent on the unlimited guest OS support) – where will my SA upgrades put me at? Will I end up being downgraded to 4 OSE? Or will they upgrade me to the SMSD? If they do not plan on moving me to a SMSD then I will end up with a very large number of SMSE licenses that will be unusable for me (since we have at any given time we only have a few hosts with less than 4 OSE running).Also for clarification the 4 OSE limit – will this count only for running workloads or simply installed workloads?-matthttp://blog.allanglesit.com

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