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Balance the Cost Savings Against Mitigating the Risk of Opting Out of Microsoft Software Assurance

Published: 21 August 2013

ID: G00254558

Analyst(s): Dolores Ianni


IT procurement managers who decide against Software Assurance must balance the related cost savings with the possible impact to compliance to avoid any future risk and unbudgeted costs. Use these steps to understand the impact and alternatives to consider when opting out of SA.

Table Of Contents
  • Key Challenges



  • Look Beyond New Version Rights to Remain Compliant
    • Realize That New Version Rights Are Not the Only Factor to Consider
    • Consider Future Prerequisites Between Servers and Their Associated CALs
  • Roaming Rights and the Home Use Program Impact SA on Office
    • Roaming Use Rights Defined
    • Understand That Home Use Rights Are Temporary
  • Desktop Virtualization and Mobility Drives SA on the OS
    • Evaluate Licensing Multiple Devices for the Desktop OS
    • Windows Enterprise Is Perpetual
  • License Mobility and Cold DR Backup Require SA
    • Reducing Virtual Server Licensing Costs
    • Assigning Licenses to a Third Party
  • Procure Support and Training Services for End-User Migrations
  • Consider Overall Financial Impacts
  • Conclusion

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