FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS FOR SPLA ESSENTIALS PARTNERS
To keep up with the changing needs of Microsoft’s valued
hosting partners, the Microsoft? Services Provider License
Agreement (SPLA) program is being merged with the SPLA Essentials Program. Effective November 1, 2011, only the SPLA program will be available, and Microsoft will no longer accept new SPLA Essentials agreements.
Q: Why are the Services Provider License Agreement (SPLA) program and SPLA Essentials program merging? A: SPLA Essentials was created for smaller hosting organizations to realize the benefits of the SPLA program, with fewer rights and a simplified agreement. By merging the SPLA and SPLA Essentials into one program, we are able to offer hosters additional program benefits and the option to work with a SPLA reseller to provide account management services.
Q: What benefits does a SPLA reseller provide?
A: A SPLA reseller submits your reporting and payment on your behalf and assists you on all aspects of the SPLA program. Resellers can also answer your licensing questions and offer additional services related to Microsoft licensing.
Q: Do I have to work with a SPLA reseller?
A: No. You can continue to report directly through your SPLA Essentials Agreement until it expires. You can continue to report use through the SPLA Essentials site until December 31, 2011. However, effective January 1, 2012, the SPLA Essentials account management site will be closed and reporting must be done through the Microsoft Order Entry Tool (MOET). You must have a MOET account, which you can acquire with a Microsoft Live ID.
You can find a short tutorial on how to use MOET at the SPLA section of the Microsoft Partner Network licensing page at https://partner.microsoft.com/global/licensing/licensingprograms/ltvolumelicensing#spla.
Once your agreement expires and you want to sign a new SPLA, you must work with a SPLA reseller. Q: How do I find a SPLA reseller?
A: You can find a reseller at https://www.microsoft.com/hosting/en/us/licensing/splahowto.aspx.
Q: Will my price go up if I move to SPLA?
A: Each SPLA reseller determines the price it charges its SPLA partners, and each Reseller may base their prices on additional services they offer.
Q: What are the additional benefits I get with a SPLA?
A: The following are the additional benefits you get with a SPLA:
; Outsource data center services. Install Microsoft products on servers under the day-to-day management
and control of an outsourcing company. That company can then perform data center administration,
testing, and maintenance support services on your behalf.
; Install at customer facilities. Install Microsoft products on devices that you own or lease and that are
located on your customer’s premises.
; Offer demonstrations and evaluations. You can have up to 50 active user IDs for service/product demos,
and provide your customers a free 60-day trial period.
; Include your affiliates. You can include affiliates under a single agreement.
; Expand your reach to academic institutions. Expand your business with specific price offerings available to
your academic end customers through the SPLA.
Q: What are my options for my current SPLA Essentials agreement?
A: There are two options in place; you can sign a new SPLA agreement with a SPLA reseller or stay with your existing SPLA Essentials agreement until it expires. We will honor the commitment we made to the original SPLA-E agreement term, with one modification to your reporting, which will be done through the Microsoft Order Entry Tool (MOET) beginning on December 1, 2011. You may continue to report through the SPLA Essentials Program until the end of your agreement’s term. At the end of your SPLA Essentials term, you can
move to SPLA with a Reseller.
Q: What are my options when my SPLA Essentials agreement expires?
A: You can sign a SPLA through a SPLA Reseller or end your hosting.
Q: If I move to SPLA will my SPLA Essentials agreement automatically be canceled?
A: No. At the same time you submit your new SPLA agreement to you reseller, you will have to submit a written request to Microsoft to cancel your existing SPLA Essentials agreement. You can submit this request either via your reseller or directly to Microsoft via the Call Logging Tool (you must be signed into explore.ms) or email.
Microsoft will confirm that your agreement has been canceled.
Q: Why is the SPLA Essentials reporting site being closed?
A: The MOET site is what SPLA partners and other partners use to report their use of Microsoft products. Moving SPLA Essentials partners to the MOET site creates a consistent experience across different partners. Q: I joined SPLA Essentials from WebsiteSpark so that I can self-host products. Do I have to sign a SPLA now? A: You can continue with your existing SPLA Essentials Agreement until it expires. When your SPLA Essentials Agreement expires, you need to either sign a SPLA through a reseller if you want to self-host or you can take your product to a SPLA hosting partner to host on your behalf. You can find WebsiteSpark hosting partners at http://www.websitespark.com.
Q: I already have a reseller for my Microsoft licenses for our company’s own use. Can I just work with that reseller for the SPLA?
A: Yes, if they are an authorized SPLA reseller. You can verify if your reseller is a SPLA-authorized reseller in the SPLA reseller list at http://www.microsoft.com/serviceproviders/licensing/howto.mspx.
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