New Azure Group Based Licensing (V2) available as public preview

Just saw it in my demo tenant today that the new Azure Group Based Licensing (V2) is now available within the new Azure portal http://portal.azure.com under the Active Directory Node.

Until today, since all of you know, you could only assign EMS licenses by groups created in Azure or synchronized from an On-Premises directory. In addition, you could only assign the whole license/suite in one piece without the ability to disable sub plans, like RMS for example.

With the new group based licensing, you now can also assign other services license like Office 365 for example and are also be able to disable specific sub plans.

Here is how it looks like:

Navigate to the new portal (the artist formerly known as “the island”): http://portal.azure.com

Go to the Azure Active Directory Management (Preview):

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You will see an overview of all your licenses and current assigned users and groups via the “All products” option:

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Let us assign the Office 365 license by a group and disable some of the features:

Click “Licensed Group” and then “+ Assign”

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Select a group created in Azure or synchronized from your On-Premises directory.

Click “assignment option (optional)”

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Done, license assignment changes will now be scheduled and you can check the state of pending or active (should be active within one minute.)

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You can have multiple groups with different sub plans disabled to reflect the licenses needed for different user type (Power Users, Limited Users or Guests)

There is also an audit log for all license assignment but with by early tests there is nothing logged, I assume because the necessary categories are missing until rollout of preview is complete.

 

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New FIM License Model as of 1. April 2015

I could not believe the news yesterday I read on Peter Geelens blog about the new License Model of FIM, thought of an April’s fool first 😉

But all information is still present, Microsoft gives a great surprise to us all.

In short:

  • FIM Server License is now included in the Windows Server License (Standard and Datacenter)
  • Only CALs are needed for users managed in portal.
  • External Connector License is switching to Windows Connector License.

So if you only plan to implement the Sync Engine you have already paid for FIM with your Windows Server License and can setup a scenario for “free” (nearly).

Take a look at the product use rights (PUR):

Main site: Volume Licensing

Or download the PUR document directly:

German: www.microsoftvolumelicensing.com/Downloader.aspx?documenttype=PUR&lang=German

English: www.microsoftvolumelicensing.com/Downloader.aspx?documenttype=PUR&lang=English

From my perspective this is the “News of the Year”.

/Peter

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