For a rough guide on EES costs this is from a recent quote I had. Obviously there will be some slight variations so use as a ball-park figure.
1 microsoft DsktpEdu ALNG LicSAPk OLV E 1Y Acdmc Ent x 100 £37.27each = £3,727.00
2 microsoft ExchgSvrStd ALNG LicSAPk OLV E 1Y Acdmc AP x 1 £43.22 each = £43.22
3 microsoft SharePointSvr ALNG LicSAPk OLV E 1Y Acdmc AP x 1 £300.83 each = £300.83
4 microsoft SQLSvrStdCore ALNG LicSAPk OLV 2Lic E 1Y Acdmc APCoreLic x 2 £218.86 each = £437.72
5 microsoft SysCtrDPMSvrMLEnt ALNG LicSAPk OLV E 1Y Acdmc AP x 4 £26.34 each = £105.36
6 microsoft SysCtrDPMSvrMLStd ALNG LicSAPk OLV E 1Y Acdmc AP x 12 £9.59 each = £115.08
7 Microsoft WinSvrDataCtr ALNG LicSAPk OLV E 1Y Acdmc AP 2Proc x 4 £176.20 each = £704.80
8 Microsoft WinSvrStd ALNG LicSAPk OLV E 1Y Acdmc AP 2Proc x 5 £29.17 each = £145.85
TOTAL: £ 5,579.86
zag (11th October 2012)
I am still at a loss to know what to do given that we have a new server and almost all clients are windows 7 and office 2010 already. If I was buying under an LA licence, and that has stopped, is EES my only choice?
How many clients do you have?
microsoft volume licensing has always provided an upgrade os for desktop and not a full version. this is nothing new to ees, you don't need to pay more for machines without a license in fact if you were to try and use kms to activate those machines it would fail as the wouldn't have the oem os flag set in the bios.
You already have Win7 and Office 2010 licences bought under an Academic Select agreement held by your LEA? The LEA agreement has ended and they are not renewing it? You are an LEA maintained school?
If all that is correct, forget EES. You are already licensed. So long as you remain an LEA maintained school then the licenses you have already bought will remain in effect. All that has changed is you can not buy additional licences through your LEA. Where EES will come into play is when you want to upgrade to Windows 8 or Windows 9 and Office 2018 (or whatever), then EES would probably be a better deal than buying all new Academic Select licences.
Now for your new server. It's not worth signing up to EES just for 1 server license. You can't buy a new license from your LEA. So you have to buy that from someone else. The question is are you upgrading the Server OS, say Server 2003 to Server2008R2, or are you just upgrading the server hardware and leaving the existing OS version (maybe you are already on 2008R2?).
If you are upgrading the OS to a later version then you will almost certainly need to buy CAL's for all your existing machines. In this case contact Pug or Phoenix or other license reseller and sign up a new Academic Select license for the school to purchase these on, again not worth looking at EES just for this.
If you are sticking with your existing OS then ask your server supplier to include the correct server OS with the hardware and use the downgrade rights if you are staying with 2003 server.
What I dont understand is the LEA licence bit. If they had an academic select licence - and I wasnt aware of this as I buy direct from Civica (not through the LEA) and Civica never mentioned it until yesterday- and this agreement has ended, do I set up my own academic select licence agreement or what? Will it cost me more money per licence?
I did think that in my current position, EES isnt worth it in either of my schools, not until we want to upgrade the lot.
It may be worth talking to a number of local schools who surely must be in the same position and finding out if you can obtain a new Master Agreement as a consortium. Your combined buying power should open up some cheaper prices.
EES isn't a silver bullet and you can often end up paying more than you would with perpetual licensing. It definately hasn't been worth it at our school and we have saved thousands by using perpetual licenses.
With regards to LAs and Select Agreements it is also worth looking at this thread Microsoft Select agreement not signed by the Department of Education for more information. A number of LAs have allowed Select agreements to come to their natural end as more schools operate outside of LA control / responsibility. There will be alternative options available for schools wishing to stay with Select. I would advise talking with the existing Select provider for your school if anyone has more questions.
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