If you have Software Assurance, you have access to a great deal of benefits available to you through the Software Assurance Program, all you have to do is activate them. For instance, you receive the benefit of Microsoft Office Home Use Rights for every Microsoft Office license you have Software Assurance on at work. So if you have 10 Microsoft Office licenses with Software Assurance, you have 10 Microsoft Office Home Use Rights. Are you using them yet?
NOTE: The steps below are for Software Assurance purchased through the Open Value Licensing Program (Remember, the Open Business Licensing Program is designed for clients who want Licenses only. The Open Value Licensing Program is designed for clients who want Software Assurance benefits as well. You can learn more about the differences in the two licensing programs by viewing the replay of my "Introduction to Open License for Partners" webcast. I will post a separate step by step containing instructions for activating any Software Assurance benefits your clients may have acquired through Open Business a little later.)
Ok, here’s how you activate your Open Value Software Assurance benefits (and Partners, make sure your clients know this and are activating their benefits when you do the install so they can start benefiting from them right away):
Step 1: Have your license information ready. Before you can activate your Software Assurance benefits, you’ll need:
Step 2: Visit Microsoft Volume License Services (MVLS) at https://licensing.microsoft.com to begin activating your Software Assurance benefits and select the employees you authorize to use those benefits.
On the MVLS website, there are steps to take for both the person who receives your volume license notices and the Software Assurance Benefits Administrator. Here are the steps for both:
Steps for the person who receives your volume license notices:
Steps for Software Assurance Benefits Administrator:
NOTE: Additional resources are also available at http://www.microsoft.com/activate to assist you in activating your Software Assurance benefits such as:
Now, your Software Assurance Benefits are ready to be administered. Shortly I will be posting a separate step by step on how to activate and distribute several of the Software Assurance benefits themselves, such as: Microsoft eLearning, Home Use Program, Employee Purchase Program, Microsoft Training Vouchers, Microsoft Windows Pre-Installation (WinPE), and Virtual PC Express (with Vista Enterprise).
Thank you and have a wonderful day,
In my earlier, “ Activating your Open Value Software Assurance benefits, step by step (Part 1) ” post,
Last week I posted a two-part post on how to activate and administer your Software Assurance benefits
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