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Do Microsoft Server Licenses expire?

Posted on 2011-09-11
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Hiya,

My organisation has a MS Windows Server Enterprise 2008 R2 license that became active Nov 2009, and it's flagged on the MS Volume Licensing site as expiring this Nov - but I thought these licenses were ongoing?  Do I actually have to buy another license??

I also have 3 Visual Studio Pro 2008 licenses that are also flagged as about to expire....

Confused!  Please help!
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by:tomago
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It depends on what type of license you purchased.  There are subscription licenses which expire, there are also licenses with Software Assurance (where the software assurance expires).  I would talk to your reseller to determine which licenses you purchased.
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I forgot to mention that the Visual Studio Pro licenses come with MSDN subscription, so that is what is expiring on those.  You will still have a VSP license, just no access to MSDN.
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kevinhsieh earned 500 total points
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It is probably the license purchasing agreement that is going to expire. This means that you will need a new Open license agreement or a different agreement to purchase additional licenses after your current agreement expires in November. Normally the licenses you already have will be valid forever.
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by:SophTheMoph
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kevinhsieh - this is what I have started to think, we have a list of about 20 Open Licence Agreements, so I guess any one of the active ones will be ok to take over these license..?
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good point kevinhsieh, if all the expirations are the same date (even is you purchased licenses at a later date under the same agreement) than that is probably what it is warning about.
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