How does licensing for Office 365 SharePoint Online and Exchange Online match up with on-premises licensing and things like that?

Basically, the user license in Office 365 also gives you the license to an equal workload running on-premises. This is for Exchange Online, SharePoint Online and Lync Online, all of our Office 365 favorites.

The phrase that Microsoft uses in this document is “a user subscription license for an Office 365 service” also allows users to access the equivalent workload running on-premises.

So, No. 1 — thanks for not saying “on-premise” — that’s just wrong. It’s “on-premises.”

Sorting Out Microsoft Licensing

When I’m talking to people who have on-prem SharePoint, and I’m trying to convince them to go hybrid, and to try, you know, Office 365 and things like that, licensing and cost always comes up. One of the things I bring up is that there is a pretty good chance, whether you know it or not, that you’re already licensed for Office 365.

Because, Microsoft, in its zeal to get people out to Office 365, it sort of lead with the Office 365 license thing, even if the customer wants on-prem licensing. It’s like “Hey, if you buy this Office 365 license, you get that on-prem license you’re looking for and you get Office 365!”

So, there’s a good chance that you’re licensed for it. This license — the Office 365 license — obviously gives you access to the current version … so SharePoint 2016, Exchange 2016, all of that good stuff, and also all of the earlier versions.

You’ve got it, for anything on-prem. The overall use right is to leverage your Office 365 licenses to access on-premises servers, instead of buying a SharePoint Client Access License (CALs).

This doesn’t cover SharePoint Server licenses, which are a not-insignificant part of this.It also doesn’t cover any other licenses that users need, like Windows licenses, SQL Server CALs.

I’m not going to pretend to be a licensing expert, but it doesn’t cover those. So check that out if you’ve got that.

Explain What You Mean

Here’s a couple of examples that are kind of germane to the kind of people that I talk to. If you’ve got somebody who has an Office 365 E1 user license, that means that they are also licensed for SharePoint Standard Server on-prem, so you don’t have to buy two CALs.

If they have an E3, E4 and I assume E5, although the document doesn't list it, Office 365 user license, that means they are also licensed for SharePoint Server Enterprise on-prem.

So, kind of a good thing. Again, most of the time when I’ve seen this, it’s with on-prem customers, and me saying, “You should try Office 365” and them saying, “Well, I don’t want to pay for it. Blah blah blah.”

Well, the answer is that you might already be paying for it.

Learning Opportunities

You don’t have to believe me. You can check out the Microsoft document.

Cloud Happy

I’ve come on board. I’ve talked about it for the last few months now. I’m talking about this Cloud thing. It’s real now.

This hybrid thing, it’s real now. We know on-prem is safe and cozy and makes us feel good. But the cloud world is coming. We've got to embrace it.

We’ve got to get comfortable with that.

On and On and On

Ok, so what else do I want to share with you this week in Podcast 285. Many, many great things. So sit back, watch the podcast or listen on iTunes. The time stamps will link to the location of the content.

08:02 Recommended updates and configuration options for SQL Server 2012 and SQL Server 2014 with high-performance workloads

10:12 Entrepreneur and IT consultant Toni Frankola from Croatia has a lot of great things to share about Acceleratio, SPDocKit, Best Practices,, Lower Third SPDocKit URL, Contest Sci-Fi movie/TV show being filmed in Croatia and SPC Adriatics.

32:53 DevIntersection is coming up April 16 to 22 in Orlando

34:18 SPTechCon Boston is June 27 to 30

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