What Is Volume Licensing?

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Author: Lisa
Published: 12 Dec 2021

Volume Licensing for Multiple Computer Systems

Software programmers offer volume licensing to their customers for a variety of reasons. It is not restricted to specific types of software. It provides licenses to many different kinds of software, including software that helps computers to be more secure, and software that helps operating systems.

The time needed to enter, track and use separate license keys for multiple computers can be long. A single volume-licensing serial number is used to avoid issues with multiple license numbers. This saves both the software maker and the customer time and money.

Microsoft Volume Licensing

Microsoft Volume Licensing is a service that Microsoft provides forganizations that do not need multiple copies of the software media or documentation for multiple licenses. The volume license is intended to make it easier and more affordable to run Microsoft software on multiple computers within an organization. Microsoft products are available for volume licensing.

Permissions for the VLSC

Explains how permission is assigned for the VLSC, what someone with each permission role can do, and how to request new permission.

Microsoft Licenses

Microsoft licensing has evolved over the years and continues to provide options for organizations to use their technology. It is important to have the correct number of Microsoft licenses in place to ensure that your users can access the tools they need.

Microsoft Volume Licensing for Business and Industry

Microsoft Volume Licensing is tailored to each organization based on their specific industry and business characteristics. The same products are licensed differently for different groups. There are two types of licensing for software and IT service purchases.

The first is a license that is paid in a lump sum. The vendor and client may agree on a suitable period for the license period. The client pays a monthly or annual maintenance fee to cover ongoing customer support and occasional upgrades.

Building a Machine from Scratch

Getting started with an image product like SmartDeploy is usually a hunt down of a reference machine. It is usually a good idea to start from a clean state. That means making a machine from scratch. Building a machine from scratch requires installing a fresh OS and starting with Windows media.

Re-Imaging and Full Downgrade Rights in Volume Licences

FPP licences are purchased from retail and are a quick and convenient way to purchase software for less than five licences. Full licences or upgrade licences are what are sold through FPP. An upgrade licence allows you to upgrade to a newer version of software that you are already licensed for, whereas a full licence only requires a pre-existing version of the software to be on the machine.

The Microsoft Software Licence Terms document is used to rule the usage of software from the original manufacturer. You can only get limited downgrade rights with Windows 8.1 Pro licensed via the original equipment manufacturer, but you can upgrade to Windows 7 Professional or Windows Vista Business if you so desire. If you need to transfer the PC with the software from one to another, you can do so, but you have no transfer rights.

When purchasing your licences through volume licensing, you will receive re-imaging and full downgrade rights. Down grade rights are detailed in the PUR, and you can find more information in the specific agreement documents. You can download the re-imaging brief that goes into all the detail from here.

Automated Deployment Environments and Volume Licensing

One thing you definitely don't want to do when creating an automated deployment environment is have to enter each individual Windows product key on the sticker on the chasis. You want a single key in the deployment image or script that you can use to run a solution. Manual product key input and activation is something you want to do away with.

Volume licensing is something to discuss. A volume licence is an upgrade of a retail license. You must order every computer with an original Windows licence, regardless of your plans.

Keyless Volume Licensing

You need a key for the product. There is information how to get a key. Volume Licensing products don't need a key.

Office on a RDP Server?

None of the above are seen as being enough to justify the spend. We don't know if retail licenses allow you to connect to and use Office on a RDP server. If Office is running on a server and users are able to access it from their computers, then Volume Licensing will give you the license rights.

Windows 7 MAK Key

MAK keys allow a number of activations depending on the number of licenses an organisation requests. If you donate 10 copies of Windows 7, you can use the Windows 7 MAK key to install it on 10 separate computers.

A Comparison of Volume and Retail Media Licenses

The main difference between Retail and Volume License is that for Retail media you have to enter your key before you can install, with volume license you enter the key after the install and you have a grace period before you have to activation.

Microsoft Open Value License

Microsoft Open Value licensing is similar to Open License, where you pay for the software and own it after you purchase it. The license is spread out over three payments and you own it after that. Software Assurance is included.

The pricing for Open Value is not dependent on the type of organization. Different sized organizations can access Microsoft Office in a reliable andScalable way with the different types of license purchasing options from Microsoft. There are many options to help you access the software you need, whether you choose to pay for licenses up front or on a subscription basis.

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