Microsoft License Mobility

License Mobility through Software Assurance gives Microsoft Volume Licensing customers the flexibility to deploy eligible server applications with active Software Assurance on HDS Managed Cloud. With this Software Assurance benefit, there is no need to purchase new licenses and no associated mobility fees so, you can easily deploy existing licenses on the HDS Managed cloud platform.

Eligibility Requirements

If you are a Microsoft Volume Licensing customer with eligible* application server licenses that are covered by active Software Assurance, you can elect to use License Mobility through Software Assurance.

Eligible Volume Licensing programs include the Enterprise Agreement, Microsoft Enterprise Subscription Agreement (EAS), and Microsoft Open Value Agreement, where Software Assurance is included, and other Volume Licensing programs where Software Assurance is an option, such as the Microsoft Open License Agreement or the Select Plus Agreement.

The following are key requirements for using License Mobility through Software Assurance with your eligible Volume Licensing products.

License Mobility through Software Assurance only applies to eligible products as per the Product Use Rights (PUR) document. All products that are currently eligible for “License Mobility within Server Farms” and covered by Software Assurance are eligible for License Mobility through Software Assurance. In addition to those, certain other products can also be granted License Mobility through Software Assurance benefits, and will be identified in Appendix 1 of the PUR.

Dynamics ERP products, while they are not available through Microsoft Volume Licensing and are not licensed online, have mobility rules that allow for similar use as License Mobility through Software Assurance when deploying in shared environments.

Windows Server, the Windows® desktop operating system, and desktop application products are not included in License Mobility through Software Assurance.

Active Software Assurance coverage is required on eligible licenses. All licenses used to run and access your licensed software, such as server licenses, processors licenses, CALs, External Connector (EC) licenses, and server management licenses require active Software Assurance coverage. Your rights to run licensed software and manage instances on HDS Managed Cloud expire with the expiration of the Software Assurance coverage on those licenses.

You need to maintain eligible licenses on HDS Managed Cloud for a minimum period of 90 days. After the 90-day period, you can move the licensed software back to your premise.

For more information on the requirements for the License Mobility Software Assurance benefit (see Appendix 1 of the PUR) and for a full list of eligible server application products (see “Software Assurance Benefits”) at

How to Sign Up

All customers using License Mobility through Software Assurance must complete a license verification process and Microsoft will ensure that the customer has eligible licenses with active Software Assurance. To start the verification process and review additional details, go to:

For guidance on filling out the form please go to the Microsoft License Mobility through Software Assurance Customer Verification Guide.  

Microsoft will provide confirmation to the customer and to the service provider that the customer has completed this verification process. The customer may deploy their application server software prior to the verification process being completed; the customer is responsible for managing true ups and renewals as required under their agreement.