I know this is a bit of an open question but I am trying to gauge people's opinion on what type of licensing model suits best. I have about 100 users on the network and I need to do a re fresh so around 5 windows server 2008 and I'm thinking 100 core cals. 1 new exchange server and around 30 office upgrades to run exchange the rest would already be office 2007 and capable of running exchange 2010.

Typically what have found the best value and simplest way to do something like this?

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I take it that you don;t already have an Open licence agreement with Software Assurance, and on a long term basis that is really the best option.

Yes you can buy OEM and other retail licences that maybe work out cheaper upfront, but over a long term basis, and Open Licence with SA, and then paying an amount every 2 years does take a lot of the headache of managing licensing.

The other benefit if you keep the SA updated is that you can get all of the latest versions of the products, but upgrade as and when you want.


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kingcastleAuthor Commented:
Thanks Wayne so would say ovp with as over 3 years is better value than Ovs over three years and then of course for a long time unless you buy out the Ovs?

I think it might depend on your specific circumstances (and what country etc, as UK costs are different to other countries I do know), but I have always opted for the actual purchase over the subscription as I guess that would normally work out cheaper over a longer term and you keep using those products.


You cant buy retail of course which could be costly and some employees might just tamper the license. OEM? no. GO for VOLUME LICENSE.
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