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We've got another free webinar coming up Thurs. 1/27 at 11 am Pacific:
Microsoft donates a broad range of software to nonprofits and libraries through TechSoup, and we want to help you take advantage of these donations. But who has the time to be an expert?
TechSoup Talks has organized this special webinar to sort through what types of software are available, as well as additional nonprofit resources offered through Microsoft’s donation program. We will also go over some benefits automatically included with all Microsoft software donations, including the ability to download donated software, the opportunity to upgrade for free to new versions of software as they come out, and access to free e-learning courses for Microsoft products.
Kami Griffiths will interview Sarah Hiller from Microsoft Community Affairs, who will help us understand the benefits available through their donation program and show us around the resources available in their Volume Licensing Service Center (VLSC). We will also hear from TechSoup’s Cameron Jones and Gregory Seeley, who will outline what Microsoft products are available through TechSoup and how to best find what you’re looking for.
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I have registered our 501(c)3 non-profit school with TechSoup. All is fine with that part. However, my main objective was to upgrade our school with Microsoft Products (mainly the Operating System and MS Office).
I originally placed the order with TechSoup, only to have the order declined by non-eligibility issues. That caught me by surprise as the school HAD been eligible for Tech Soup. The disclaimer stated that MOST 501(c)3 non-profits were indeed eligible to purchase MS products - except non-profit religious K-8 schools!!
I was referred to contact MS directly. That is where I was led to the path to no where!. I have not been able to get in direct contact with anyone at TechSoup or MS to handle this request. The only thing I could see was to purchase academic versions - but this was limited to (1) product per eligible student e-mail account (ending with .edu of course!)
Our school is not large - maybe only 10 -20 copies or so required.
Does TechSoup/MS offer the same substantially discounted products to non-profit religious K-8 schools similar to what is offered to other 501(c)3 customers?
I'm having difficulty registering for the VLSC site as it requires use of an email address that was in effect when the original Microsoft order was placed. Our order was placed two years ago with someone's personal email and we no longer have access to that account. Is there a workaround or will we be able to link our purchases another way if we register with a 'new' email address?
I need the email info of the microsoft reps that were in the webinar please. I have a few questions to ask.
In the webinar today, it was mentioned that the Software Assurance that we receive with the Microsoft products is not renewable. For the upgrade/downgrade benefit that probably isn't too big a deal. However, there are other really big deals that rely on SA being available for a longer period. The ability to run Windows 7 in a VDI requirement requires SA. The Desktop Optimization Pack, which includes APP-V, requires an active SA. these things have to run longer than 2 years, which means organizations planning to use these, and other SA-provided capabilities, cannot use these products from TechSoup. Is there a reasonable work-around from Microsoft?
I have a similar question as Cboelkes . We're planning to deploy Windows 7 in a VDI environment. Should we keep on purchasing Win 7 every 2 years? If for year 1&2 we purchased 30 win 7 then for year 3&4 is it ok if we purchase another 30? The total licenses that we have will be 60 in 4 years. Will that be allowed? Or the 50 qty limit will reset every 2 years?
Eligibility for each of the donation programs offered through TechSoup is based on the mission and activities of each organization. A number of our partners have specific areas of focus with their product philanthropy programs. Microsoft has a well established program for education and at this time, schools (religious or otherwise) are not eligible for the Microsoft Donation Program through TechSoup. As far as we know, academic licensing is the primary options for schools interested in Microsoft products.
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You definitely have some options. You should follow the steps below:
Please let us know if you need further assistance, but this should work!
I can help with some of your questions, but to be honest I am not personally familiar with VDI. However, here is what I understand about Software Assurance: SA is renewable, but not through TechSoup directly. You would need to go through a Charity Reseller. If that is not an option, or the fees are too high, you can consider requesting new licenses after two years.
I'll refer you first to my reply to cboelkes. I think I understand you question about the program restrictions, but if the information below doesn't cover everything, please let me know.
Eligible organizations can request up to 6 Microsoft titles, each with up to 50 seats, within a 2 year period. So, you could request 30 licenses in one, 2 year cycle, and another 30 licenses during the next 2 year cycle for a total of 60 Windows 7 licenses.
Please let me know if you have additional questions.
About SA renewal, I asked that question again on the webinar and was told SA is not renewable even from Charity Reseller since the license is donated. Who is correct in this matter?
For example, this is our situation:
We purchased 30 Office Communicator 2007 CAL in 2007.
SA expired in 2009 and no new product released yet and supposedly we are not allowed to renew the SA from Charity Reseller.
In 2010, Microsoft released a new product replacing Office Communicator 2007 called Microsoft Lync.
But Techsoup still doesn't have the Lync product available yet and we would like to upgrade to Lync. So our only option is to purchase another 30 Office Communicator 2007 CAL to get the SA. With that SA, we are eligible for the upgrade to Microsoft Lync.
Would that be ok?
Purchase the same product just to get the SA?
Actually I've started to look into this question about Software Assurance. My understanding is that the information was given by a Microsoft Representative during the webinar so is likely correct (that it cannot be renewed) but I am getting clarification and will post what I learn as soon as I learn it.
The product scenario that you mentioned has a couple things I'd like to point out. First, if you acquire say, Office 2007 in 9/2009 and continue using it until after the Software Assurance expires (let's say 11/2011) you can still upgrade those licenses after SA expires to Office 2010 because that specific product version was released during your two years of Software Assurance benefits.
If Software Assurance benefits for your Communicator licenses expired before a new version was available, then yes, you would need to request licenses for the new product (Lync) and could not upgrade directly through VLSC.
Let me know if you have more questions!
I don't think you answered my questions.
This is the scenario:
11/07 - purchased 30 Office Communicator 2007 license.
11/09 - SA for OC 07 expired.
07/10 - Microsoft released new OC called Lync.
01/11 - We would like to upgrade to Lync but it's not offered at Techsoup yet. So, is it ok to purchase another 30 OC 2007 licenses instead of waiting for the Lync to be offered at Techsoup?
I'm thinking since the new OC 2007 licenses will have an SA, it will be automatically upgraded it to Lync on VLSC.
That will work, right?
Ah yes I see. That should work. However, I believe we will have that product available in a matter of days. So if it is not urgent, I suggest waiting until it is available. But technically, yes you should be able to request Communicator and upgrade through VLSC right away.
First of, thanks again for the feedback.
I do have one more question.
We are planning to purchase Windows Server 2008 Datacenter Edition R2 (Includes Software Assurance and 1 Processor License) but apparently according to the Techsoup exception, we can only purchase 1 item.
"For server titles, one server license per title and up to 50 Client Access Licenses (CALs) may be requested (i.e. customers may not order two copies of the same server title)."
Ok, my question would be, all of our servers will have 2 CPU/Processor in it. According to Microsoft Licensing for Datacenter edition I will have to purchase the license per processor so I need to purchase 2 licenses for 2 CPU.
How do I purchase that product from Techsoup if the exception says can only buy one server license per title?
Most of the servers nowadays has 2 CPU in it and Microsoft Datacenter requirements says it required to have at least 2 CPU for deployment.
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