Microsoft Windows licensing for VDC
- Microsoft Windows
- Microsoft Applications
- Microsoft License Mobility program
- Submit a License Verification Form
- Microsoft applications: Customer license agreement
In order to use Microsoft software with the Interoute VDC platform, the required licensing must be purchased. This is usually done by Interoute and charged to the customer monthly, in arrears.
There are certain conditions under which you may be eligible to use your existing Microsoft volume licensing – see License Mobility, below.
The Microsoft Windows operating system itself is specifically excluded from any such conditions and must always be purchased through Interoute. There are no circumstances under which Microsoft permits a desktop operating system (e.g. Windows 7, Windows 8) to be licensed on VDC.
To remain legitimately licensed by Microsoft, Interoute requires customers to adhere to certain rules regarding the use of Microsoft software on the VDC Platform. This document offers guidance on those rules.
Interoute makes available certain editions and versions of the Microsoft Windows Server operating system in the form of standard templates that can be deployed into a customer’s VDC. These templates are licensed through Microsoft and their usage will incur a charge, usually monthly in arrears.
For a list of currently available Windows templates, see the VDC Microsoft Windows templates page.
In order to be used on the VDC platform, Microsoft applications such as Exchange Server and SQL Server must be purchased from Interoute, or in some cases it is possible to license applications using License Mobility.
Microsoft’s License Mobility Through Software Assurance program allows Interoute customers to bring their own existing volume-licensing for certain server applications into VDC – but depending on the specific terms of the volume licensing contract that the customer has with Microsoft. Some of the products generally available under the program are:
Microsoft Exchange Server
Microsoft SharePoint Server
Microsoft SQL Server Standard Edition
Microsoft SQL Server Enterprise Edition
Microsoft Lync Server
Microsoft System Center Server
Microsoft Dynamics CRM Server
Further details can be found on the Microsoft Volume Licensing web site.
To make use of License Mobility, you must complete a series of steps, including submitting a License Verification Form to your channel partner or Microsoft account manager. For guidance, please see the License Mobility Verification Guide.
The completed Verification Form must be submitted to Microsoft within 10 days of application deployment.
In the 'Authorized Mobility Partner Information' section of the Form, the following details should be entered:
Authorized Mobility Partner Name: Interoute USA Inc
Authorized Mobility Partner Website URL: http://www.interoute.com
Authorized Mobility Partner Email Address: firstname.lastname@example.org
Microsoft will check the eligibility and communicate the verification status to the customer and to Interoute.
Once verified for use on the Interoute VDC platform, responsibility for maintaining these verified applications in compliance with the Microsoft license passes to the customer, who must agree to the following:
"Microsoft allows Volume Licensing customers to deploy certain Microsoft products into our shared infrastructure with License Mobility through Software Assurance. Any Microsoft Volume Licensing customer who has eligible application server licenses covered with active Software Assurance can elect to use License Mobility through Software Assurance. A customer’s application server licenses can be assigned to run dedicated server instances on shared hardware in a service provider’s datacenter. However, while sharing hardware, such server instances must be dedicated to that single customer, and cannot be shared with other customers.
"Only eligible products covered with active Software Assurance can be deployed through License Mobility through Software Assurance. To see which products are eligible, see the ‘Software Assurance Benefits’ section in the Microsoft Product Use Rights (PUR) at http://www.microsoft.com/licensing/about-licensing/product-licensing.aspx. This section of the PUR contains additional information and the rights specific to License Mobility through Software Assurance.
You will need to verify your licenses for eligibility with Microsoft to exercise the License Mobility through Software Assurance rights. To start the verification process and review additional details on License Mobility through Software Assurance, go to: http://www.microsoft.com/licensing/software-assurance/license-mobility.aspx."
Note: Applications verified for deployment into the Interoute VDC platform under a customer’s own volume licensing agreements are required, by Microsoft, to remain assigned to that platform for a minimum of 90 days.