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What is SPLA?

SPLA stands for Service Provider License Agreement.   SPLA is a monthly licensing program through which service providers and ISV’s can use Microsoft licenses in their multi-tenant platform as well as on-premises to offer services to their end-customers.

I have received an email to Microsoft about migrating from Partner Membership Center to Partner Center. Where can i find out more information about the migration?

You can refer to the Microsfot Documentation here  on guide to migrate from Partner Membership center (PMC) to Partner Center. Do ensure that you follow the checklist to ensure that you have kept your profile updated and user roles and permissions assigned to get the maximum benefits out of Partner Center. Do note that some items in the lis...

Why Microsoft and rhipe?

rhipe has been a Microsoft partner and distributor since day 1. rhipe was the first Microsoft SPLA partner in Singapore, one of the few LSPs in and one of the first two Microsoft CSP 2-tier distributors in Australia. rhipe is one among the very few distributors in APAC that offer both SPLA and CSP, so our partners, especially the managed services p...

Will Microsoft verify compliance of my usage?

SPLA partner, under the agreement is obligated to maintain records of all environments such as production, test and dev, internal use, demo, end customer enrollments etc. Partner must make these records available to Microsoft when Microsoft verifies Customer’s compliance with this Agreement.

How do I order for Microsoft Media and license keys?

Upon successfully enrolled into the SPLA program, partners can login to the Microsoft license portal, https://www.microsoft.com/licensing/servicecenter/default.aspx to access all SPLA media and license keys.

Can I stream my hosted Microsoft Office solution to a device and have it run locally at the end user site?

No. SPLA does not provide rights to stream Office to a device and have it run locally by the end user. You can, however, provide a hosted Microsoft Office solution through SPLA via Microsoft Windows Server and Microsoft RDS.  

What is Citrix XenApp (and what is Microsoft RDS)?

XenApp is a product that allows users to securely access data, applications and desktops remotely. For example, from an iPad a user can access a full Windows desktop or a Windows application (Internet Explorer, Outlook etc.) while working from anywhere that has internet connectivity. Microsoft RDS (Remote Desktop Services) is a basic remote ap...

Is Microsoft Office eligible for license mobility through SA?

No. Microsoft Office and other Microsoft desktop applications are  not  eligible to be hosted in a multi-tenanted environment via License Mobility through SA. SPLA partners can host these licenses though in their datacenter provided the underlying physical server hardware is dedicated to the specific end-customer. This may be an excellent...

What is Citrix XenApp (and what is Microsoft RDS)?

XenApp is a product that allows users to securely access data, applications and desktops remotely. For example, from an iPad a user can access a full Windows desktop or a Windows application (Internet Explorer, Outlook etc.) while working from anywhere that has internet connectivity. Microsoft RDS (Remote Desktop Services) is a basic remote ap...

Does Microsoft plan any changes for SQL Server under self-hosting rights?

Microsoft does not have licensing changes planned for SQL Server self-hosting rights. Self-hosting rights are a Software Assurance benefit for VL customers. The use rights for SQL Server in VL programs are available in the VL Product Terms. SQL product line-up, use rights, and licensing models in SPLA are not the same as VL programs.