ServersPlus (14th May 2009)
It is fast approaching the time of year where we have to renew license agreements for Microsoft Software. However, this year we feel that the Schools Agreement won’t be the best solution for us.
The reason for this is we no longer wish to run a uniform system across the site – with every machine running MS Office, on Windows XP etc… Instead we now have a split site with thin clients, and Windows XP machines, some which will be running MS Office, and others will be running OpenOffice.
What we are thinking of doing is this:
70 copies of MS Office
200 copies of MS Windows
100 Terminal Service CALS
300 Windows Server device CALS
5 Windows Server Enterprise Licenses
The issue I currently fear is that we’ll go ahead and buy licenses for Vista and 2008 server, and then Windows 7 and Server 2008 R2 will be released. So, we need to make sure we have software assurance if that is at all possible.
What licensing paths do people advise for this? If we continued with the School Agreement, we'd be hitting about £7500 in licenses I reckon. Which is far too much to be paying yearly.
ServersPlus (14th May 2009)
I'll be happy to get one of our specialist Microsoft licensing guys to give you a call and go through the options with you - PM me your number if you're interested
Yes that time of year again - how does it come round so quickly? I'm a little annoyed though that I've been sent a 90 day reminder but cannot get a price until late July and cannot order until August
We have a School Agreement that includes Software Assurance, works for us because we run MS throughout. It has meant that we can stay with Office 2003 and XP and only need to move once the newer solutions are steady (er). I do think however, that it is expensive but for peace of mind it's fine.
I might add as a rider that we don't have anything like as many devices or pupils as you do.
Our's has just been paid and came to £8857! Did take a while to get the "all clear" mind - not surprisingly, and it'll be the same next year of course! How is the cost-per-client worked out? We have the OS, as well as office and exchange cals.
We have renewed licences for 340 workstations (which on the up each year)..
Waiting for my "All Clear" and will be around the 8k mark too
Got til end of June though!
Thanks localzuk, one of our specialists will be in touch with you shortly!
If anyone else needs a hand with MS licensing, get in touch - PM me your contact details and we'll get back to you as soon as we can.
One of the perennial favourites on our Microsoft UK Schools blog is:
How to get the best deal on Microsoft software in Education
which draws quite a bit of web traffic from other sites pointing towards it - as well as people coming from Google (other search engines are available ).
I have been thinking that it's time to update it, and see how I can make it more helpful.
If anybody feels like telling me what you think should be there, then this is an open invitation for feedback!
Well... After getting numbers back that made my boss have kittens, we've decided to carry on with Schools Agreement for another year.
Microsoft seem to have us over a barrel at the moment!
Sorry to hijack this thread, but with regards to work at home rights for employees of schools with a schools agreement - how does this work? Am I OK to just give staff the same licence key we use from MVLS?
Your agreement will state... you can install for them and have it setup with the same MLV but you can't distribute the software on CD with the key to staff or students. I think the idea is you can't have a totally stand alone unit (desktop) at home for a teacher with the software but you could do it with a laptop (installation, not distribution).
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