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Navigate the Elusive Maze of Microsoft Dependency Mapping to Avoid Significant Unbudgeted Costs

Published: 22 April 2013

ID: G00246532

Analyst(s): Dolores Ianni

Summary

Microsoft products have explicit licensing dependencies dictating essential deployment pre-requisites. Software asset managers must address these licensing dependencies during the architecture planning, purchasing and software asset management process to avoid unbudgeted licenses and audit expenses.

Table Of Contents
  • Key Challenges

Introduction

Analysis

  • Pre-Requisites Should Be Scrutinized Across Your Entire Microsoft Product Portfolio
    • How to Establish What the Pre-Requisite Products Are and Mitigate Risk
  • Server and Desktop OSs Dominate the Hierarchy
  • Expect Client Access Licenses to Have Layers of Dependencies
  • Providing External User Access May Require Multiple Licenses
  • Multiplexing Does Not Change or Reduce Your Licensing Dependencies
  • Incorporate License Prerequisites Into Your Architecture and Budget Planning
  • Adopt Dependency Mapping Into Your Software Asset Management Verification and Compliance Processes
  • Conclusion

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