Software Assurance licensing agreement's timeframe

Discussion in 'Windows Small Business Server' started by Orlando Bob, Feb 9, 2005.

  1. Orlando Bob

    Orlando Bob Guest

    I am about to upgrade a small W2K server to SBS2K3 and am wondering if
    Software Assurance is a good idea. Microsoft says "With Software Assurance,
    Microsoft customers automatically receive the next version of Small Business
    Server at no additional cost if the new version releases within the licensing
    agreement's timeframe." What is the "licensing agreement timeframe" if I buy
    SBS2K3 today?
    Orlando Bob, Feb 9, 2005
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  2. Once you know the answer to "What is the 'licensing agreement timeframe'?",
    your next question is (presumably) going to be "when will the next version
    of Small Business Server ship", and sadly you aren't going to get an answer
    to that from anyone who knows....

    SA is, and always has been, a little bit of a leap of faith. You have to
    trust MS that they will release a new version sufficiently soon, which also
    has something good so that you'll want to upgrade. Right now the only
    updated server software on the horizon is "R2" (read for more info) which is
    currently in beta. It's not known yet whether there will be a SBS "R2" or
    not - at least that's what MS told us that in a public Technet chat session
    last week.

    If it was my own money, I wouldn't bother with SA on SBS2003 right now. If
    your client has money to burn, though, why not get the SA in case something
    good *does* come up in the next few years?

    James Reather, Feb 9, 2005
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  3. The Software Assurance (SA) covers the entire period of an Open License
    agreement (which is normally 2 years). There is another option called Open
    License Value which lets you make a 3yr agreement and pay in installments.

    I mostly agree with James comments... especially that SA is a leap of faith
    :). However, I think at this point (with R2 planned for this year and
    Longhorn planned for 2006) its likely that new SBS version (or versions)
    will come up within 2-3 years. Plus SA has other benefits (not only

    The two main factors I would consider would be-> a) If your client likes to
    keep current with technology, and b) If you have a lot of CALs.
    Javier Gomez [SBS MVP], Feb 9, 2005
  4. Sorry... "Longhorn planned for 2006" should have read "2007".

    Javier [SBS MVP]
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    Javier Gomez [SBS MVP], Feb 9, 2005
  5. Orlando Bob

    Jay Guest

    There is another timeframe - 90 days i.e. if you buy OEM SBS 2003 (with your
    new Server hardware), you can buy SA on the same day you buy OEM SBS 2003 or
    within 90 days. If you haven't bought SA within 90 days of your purchase date
    on your inovice of your OEM SBS2003 then you can't buy SA. The 90 days grace
    to buy SA is only for the OEM purchase.

    The other option is SA under Open License as already mentioned by Javier.


    -- Jay Scale

    Jay, Feb 9, 2005
  6. Orlando Bob

    assignor Guest

    Javier - could you expand on the benefits esp: why it makes a diff if you
    have a lot of CALs?

    assignor, Feb 9, 2005
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