I was looking into the work from home licence for Office but i'm sure it was a different price. Is home access available to students for £9.99 as well? This sounds like a great way to get around the Office\Terminal Server licensing problem.
I think you maybe thinking a different thing, what I am on about is a licence for the member of staffs own personal PC at home not a "TS Home use Licence" (That's probably not its name hence the "") this gives them a personal copy for life for use on a PC at home that is there own not using a TS to access Office outside of work. Its strictly for Staff use only.
No I am thinking about Office licencing it's licenced per device so when someone logs on to TS from home the PC needs the same licence as the Office version on the TS. This means that all staff and students would need to be running Office Pro on their home machines. The Office home licence would help get around this nicely.
I'll look into the student licence Ric cheers.
I understand - felt the same but since have researched and found it will save many dollars to buy out our CALs and a few MS Office licenses that might be critical (MS Access still required in some places as it is not fully supplanted by Open Office Base as yet.) I am pretty sure your MIS could report via Open Office though. Good luck either way. The hard part for me is getting the users to embrace the changes without a revolt and lynching of the IT director.
I am thinking about an SA but cannot make the numbers add up. We run 'select' at the moment. SQL, 4 servers (currently 2003 but moving to 2008), Exchange (2003 but 2007 once the server is x64 2008), ISA 2006 approx 220 desktops (all XP) with CALS for above, office 2003 pro (moving to 2010 as and when) with individually purchased copies of project for a handful of PCs.
Now, as I see it it isnt beneficial for me to switch to SA unless I plan on moving all my XP machines to windows 7. I dont have SCCM so I can see this being a major PITA unless I see a major reason for doing so. I dont think I have the machine numbers to justify SCCM either which is a shame as I imagine it would make things easier for me.
Looking at other peoples prices on here I would cost circa £6k whereas I only pay 5k at the moment. I do have the option of buyout which I may get a price on this year. 1k to rollout 220x windows 7 is a good idea but do I really want to go through that hassle. Natural desktop replacements will now be specified as windows 7 so im not convinced.
Oh decisions decisions.
Ive been looking into School agreement too to see the costs of licensing our 166 PCs in School. I didnt realise you could just license Windows and/or Office (and exclude the CALs) under the School agreement but I have been told you can, which gives me more options to think about. For the SA desktop we have just been quoted £25.14 per machine which comes to just over £4k.
Still undecided of what to do, but got until April time to decide anyway.