Monday 28 March 2011

Microsoft Software Assurance Benefits Entitlement Chart

This is an excellent chart of all of the SA benefits for Microsoft’s products:



The chart can be had from here:

We sell Open Value Agreements into almost all of our client sites for desktop OS, server OS, and Office. Add MDOP to SA for desktop OS and there is a huge value there.

Philip Elder
Microsoft Small Business Specialists
Co-Author: SBS 2008 Blueprint Book

*Our original iMac was stolen (previous blog post). We now have a new MacBook Pro courtesy of Vlad Mazek, owner of OWN.

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Anonymous said...

Are there are good guides to help a fellow SBS time strapped consult learn how to effectively use MDOP in an under 30 business? If I can at least see the benefit of it in use in such and an estimate of config time needed, I'd be in a position to sell this add-on service to SA purchases. Being lean on free time, I want to know if I'm going to ever use MDOP before I invest the time into sorting out the details to get it working.

Philip Elder Cluster MVP said...


MDOP contains the Microsoft Diagnostics and Recovery Toolset (DaRT) that has more than paid for the minor cost (less than $24/seat/year) of MDOP for our clients.

The new MBAM for BitLocker Management also looks like a killer app. Though, since it is brand new we have not had time to look into it.

The Advanced Group Policy tool set is also a great plus.

We have not ventured into the virtualization side of MDOP yet but will be as we have clients that have MDOP and are in need of specific LoBs to be virtualized.