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Can you help me with my software licensing question?

There are lots of tools in the Microsoft Desktop Optimization Pack (MDOP) that would be really useful.

However, the licensing on it is amazingly unclear. I thought I understood Microsoft licensing until I saw MDOP.

Can anyone explain how MDOP is licensed?

For instance, can I install a DEM server if I only have one (well five's the minimum, I guess) PC on Software Assurance, or does every PC I connect to DEM have to have SA on the OS?


This is the only thing I could find for MDOP licensing. Microsoft licensing, as I replied on your previous, also Microsoft related question, is convoluted and has many, many, many variations.

That being said, and because I had also become curious about this, I called Microsoft Licensing. They directed me to a document, and to page 102, which reads:

"Active Windows Vista Business Software Assurance coverage provides you with eligibility to acquire licenses for MDOP for Software Assurance. These licenses are an optional and separate purchase from Software Assurance. See the Product List for details. If you invoke this benefit, you have the rights below for each MDOP for Software Assurance license you acquire."

I hope this shed some light (it didn't for me though, but I am not remotely interested on MDOP anymore).

  • Perfect - it's an extra product you buy if you already have Windows Desktop with SA as an add-on. – Richard Gadsden May 7 '09 at 11:20

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