MSDN Subscriptions Quick Guide (Part 1 of 2) | The ITAM Review
This article has been contributed by Kylie Fowler. This article is the first part of a two part series: MSDN Subscriptions can be a very valuable benefit for organisations which develop applications using Microsoft products, their flexibility enables organisations to make the most of their developer resources to build and develop the applications they require. The single most important concept when discussing MSDN licensing is to understand the difference between production systems those which are used to actually make money or carry out the business of an organisation and development systems those which actually create the programs and applications used in the production systems. However all varieties of subscription share the following elements:
Is a template for the root volume for the instance for example, an operating system, an application server, and applications , manages launch permissions that control which AWS accounts can use the AMI to launch instances. Contains a block device mapping that specifies the volumes to attach to the instance when it’s launched.
AWS Management Console: If you BYOL, you do not pay for instances with licensing included in the cost. Instead, you pay the same rate as EC2 instances with Amazon Linux pricing. When you BYOL, you are responsible for managing your own licenses. Our Disaster Recovery and Migration solutions are powered by innovative workload mobility technology, which continuously replicates applications from any physical, virtual, or cloud-based infrastructure into Amazon Web Services AWS.
As such, CloudEndure is uniquely qualified to support large-scale, heterogeneous environments with diverse applications and infrastructure. Custom AMI: For example, you can launch an instance from an existing AMI, customize the instance, and then save this updated configuration as a custom AMI. EOS End of Support: Hyperscale computing is usually used in environments such as big data and cloud computing. In-Place Upgrade: Instance EC2 Instance: Its configuration at launch is a copy of the AMI that you specified when you launched the instance.
LI License Included: It provides cost-efficient, resizable capacity for an industry-standard relational database and manages common database administration tasks. SA Software Assurance: WorkSpaces Amazon Workspaces: You can use Amazon WorkSpaces to provision either Windows or Linux desktops in just a few minutes and quickly scale to provide thousands of desktops to workers across the globe.
What is BYOL? When you BYOL, the licensing cost of the product you bring is no longer included in the price of the instance. When you bring licenses, you are responsible for managing your licenses. Amazon EC2 has features such as AWS License Manager and targeted placement on Dedicated Hosts, which help you maintain license compliance throughout the lifecycle of your licenses.
What is License Mobility? License Mobility is a Microsoft Software Assurance benefit that allows you to bring specific product licenses to shared cloud infrastructure, including default shared tenant Amazon EC2. Active Software Assurance is required to be eligible for License Mobility. Customers may not need Software Assurance if they are bringing licenses purchased prior to October 1, and not upgraded to versions released after October 1, to Amazon EC2 dedicated infrastructure. How do I know if a specific Microsoft product is eligible for License Mobility?
This information is included in the Microsoft Product Terms. Every product has an individual Software Assurance section that indicates License Mobility eligibility.
If you are moving licensed software onto EC2 instances with default tenancy, Software Assurance and License Mobility benefits are required. Active Software Assurance is always required to enable License Mobility benefits. No, you must import and license your own media. Yes, when you launch an instance of your own image, your OS will prompt you to activate the image against your KMS.
Please read your licensing terms and conditions and select the AWS model that meets your needs. Generally speaking, there are various products and each have differing levels of BYOL support. How do I import my own licensed machine image into AWS?
Amazon EC2 offers two purchasing options that provide you with dedicated infrastructure: Dedicated Hosts and Dedicated Instances. It is important to note that most BYOL scenarios are supported through the use of Dedicated Hosts, while only certain scenarios are supported by Dedicated Instances. When you bring licenses to Dedicated Hosts or Dedicated Instances, then you are using hardware that is fully dedicated to your use. Licenses without active Software Assurance or License Mobility benefits are eligible for deployment on dedicated infrastructure if they are purchased prior to October 1, and are not upgraded to versions released after October 1, When you bring products that are licensed at the physical level only e.
Windows Server, certain SQL Server licenses, etc Dedicated Hosts provide visibility into physical processor and core counts and are therefore the recommended deployment model. For more information on Dedicated Instances, visit the Dedicated Instances detail page. I’ve read in my licensing terms that a license cannot move to another region or physical machine for at least 90 days. When you enable Affinity between an instance and a Dedicated Host, that particular instance will only run on a specific Dedicated Host.
Using Dedicated Host targeting, you can launch instances onto a specific Dedicated Host, giving you full control over how your licenses are used. For more information on these features, visit the Dedicated Hosts detail page. When can I bring my own license using EC2 instances with default tenancy? Windows Server licenses must be purchased from AWS in this scenario.
This service allows you to leverage your existing investments in the virtual machines that you have built to meet your IT security, configuration management, and compliance requirements by bringing those virtual machines into Amazon EC2 as ready-to-use instances. What is EC2’s default tenancy? EC2 Dedicated instances and EC2 Dedicated Hosts provide instance capacity on physical servers that are fully dedicated for your use.
What is dedicated infrastructure? Dedicated infrastructure provides servers that are physically isolated for use by a single customer.
Amazon EC2 has two dedicated infrastructure options: If you bring existing licenses to Dedicated Hosts or Dedicated Instances, then you are using hardware that is fully dedicated to your use. A Dedicated Host is a physical EC2 server fully dedicated to your use.
With Dedicated Hosts, you have control over instance placement and gain visibility into the number of sockets and cores installed on a host. Software Assurance is not required when you bring licenses to a Dedicated Host if the licenses are purchased prior to October 1, and are not upgraded to versions released after October 1, Please visit the Dedicated Host detail page for more information.
Dedicated instances are Amazon EC2 instances that run on hardware that is dedicated to a single customer. For more information on Dedicated Instances, please visit the Dedicated Instance page.
Both offerings provide instances that are dedicated to your use. However, Dedicated Hosts provide additional control over your instances and visibility into Host level resources and tooling that allows you to manage software that consumes licenses on a per-core or per-socket basis, such as Windows Server and SQL Server.
In addition, AWS Config will keep a record of how your instances use these Dedicated Host resources which will allow you to create your own license usage reports. In order to take full advantage of EC2 it is recommended that customers first consider bringing eligible licenses through License Mobility. Default tenancy EC2 allows customers to scale capacity up and down according to changing needs. This allows customers to pay only for what they use.
Products without License Mobility benefits or active Software Assurance are eligible for deployment on Dedicated Hosts if the licenses are purchased prior to October 1, and are not upgraded to versions released after October 1, Dedicated Hosts are most cost effective when the host is highly utilized and in a steady, non-variable state.
A Dedicated Host will support the BYOL scenarios outlined in this FAQ and provide customers with more control and visibility over how their instances are placed, which is useful for minimizing risk and licensing costs in a BYOL scenario.
Windows is the most common product brought to Dedicated Hosts. What are my options for bringing development licenses to AWS? AWS customers have two options for bringing Microsoft developer products to AWS for use on test, development, and non-production workloads. If you buy Windows instances from AWS, whether your instances have a tenancy of dedicated or default, the Windows Server license is included in the cost.
With EC2 license-included instances, EC2 manages licensing compliance and you only pay for what you use. It is not necessary to pay for Software Assurance and you have the flexibility to upgrade your software when it is made available without additional cost.
Furthermore, there is no need to buy additional Windows Server CALs as access for an unlimited number of end users is included in the price. Two Remote Desktop connections are also included for administration purposes. If you require more than two Remote Desktop connections, or need those remote connections for purposes other than administration, you may need to purchase and bring additional Remote Desktop Services CALs.
Yes, Windows Server licenses can be brought to EC2 Dedicated Hosts if the licenses are purchased prior to October 1, and are not upgraded to versions released after October 1, Microsoft typically requires that you track usage of your licenses against physical resources such as sockets and cores and Dedicated Hosts helps you to do this. A Dedicated Host is a physical EC2 server fully dedicated for the use of one customer. Software Assurance is not required when bringing licenses to a Dedicated Host if the licenses are purchased prior to October 1, and are not upgraded to versions released after October 1, For more information on Dedicated Hosts, please visit the Dedicated Hosts detail page.
How do I import and use my own Windows Server license? Visit this link for more information on how to bring your own machine images into AWS. Keep in mind that when you choose to bring in your existing Windows Server licenses, you cannot utilize Windows Server AMIs that you purchase from AWS through license-included instances. You must bring in your own licenses using your own software media.
These changes are paired with Host level data, such as the Host ID and the number of sockets and physical cores installed on a Dedicated Host. AWS Config will also keep track of instance tags. We recommend that you tag your instances with a meaningful identifier if you would like a human-readable way to identify BYOL instances in the AWS Config output.
Visit this page for more information on AWS Config. How do I determine the number of licenses of Windows Server to bring in? Visit the Dedicated Hosts detail page for information on the number of instances available per Dedicated Host. On this page you will also find the number of sockets and cores installed on each EC2 Dedicated Host.
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