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Microsoft Campus Agreement Changes

Information Technology Services (ITS) is pleased to announce that the Microsoft Campus Agreement (MSCA) and the Microsoft Select Agreement have been renewed through 2013.

The renewed agreements come with some significant changes which make Microsoft server software more accessible and less expensive for campus departments. These changes include:

  • The Core Client Access License (CAL) has been replaced with the Enterprise CAL.
  • The renewed MSCA includes site licenses for many new server products.
  • Software Assurance for products now covered by the MSCA will not need to be renewed.
  • Visual Studio and SharePoint Designer have been dropped from the MSCA but are still available through other means.

The renewed agreements are effective September 1, 2008, with the exception of the SQL Server site license, which goes into effect September 1, 2009.

Town Hall

ITS has invited Microsoft to participate in a Town Hall and Showcase on Monday, January 26, 2009, to cover changes to the MSCA as well as other new, exciting technology offerings. ITS will provide additional information in January.

Products Covered By the Agreement

These renewals come with some significant changes. ITS has made available a quick reference card with the key information for your convenience.

Products No Longer Covered

Visual Studio and SharePoint Designer were not widely installed on campus and thus were not renewed under the MSCA. However, these two products are available to students at no charge through the DreamSpark program. They are also available for instructional and lab use through the Microsoft Developer Network Academic Alliance (MSDN AA). For non-academic use, the products can be obtained through a limited number of available grants.

Server Site Licenses

The renewed MSCA also covers server products previously available only through the Microsoft Select Agreement. Licensing and support are covered by the MSCA, so the purchase of individual licenses and Software Assurance is no longer required. The Microsoft Select Agreement was renewed for purchases of items not covered by the MSCA.

The server products covered by the site license are Office SharePoint Server 2007, Office Communications Server 2007 (Standard and Enterprise Editions), Windows Server 2008 (Standard, Enterprise, and DataCenter Editions), Windows Web Server 2008, Windows HPC Server 2008, Exchange Server 2007 (Standard and Enterprise Editions), and SQL Server 2008 (Standard, Enterprise, Workgroup, and Web Editions).

The System Center Configuration Manager (SCCM) Server 2008 is included under the MSCA as a site license. The SCCM license includes client licenses (CMLs) for managed desktops but additional Server Management Licenses (SMLs) are required for managed servers.

More Information

For more information, visit the Microsoft Campus Agreement site or contact ITS Software Distribution and Sales.

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