Microsoft CSP Licensing Guide
  • 07 Dec 2021
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Microsoft CSP Licensing Guide

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Overview

If you are an Expedient client who subscribes to Expedient Enterprise Workspace (EEW) you must ensure that your desktop users are covered by the appropriate Windows 10 licenses.  If you have purchased your Windows 10 licenses through Expedient this document outlines the steps to assign the purchased licenses to your users so that the license applies when the users access their virtual desktops.  

Prerequisites

  • Please ensure that the Microsoft partner relationship between you and Expedient has been configured in your Office 365 admin center portal.  This will have allowed Expedient to deliver the licenses to your Microsoft account where they will be available for you to assign to your users.  To confirm whether the partner relationship is configured, log into your Office 365 admin center portal as an administrator and Under Settings > Partner relationships you should see Expedient and Lenovo (our indirect reseller) listed.  
  • Please ensure that your Azure AD Connect directory sync between your on-prem AD and Azure AD is properly configured and working.  During the delivery of your EEW service Expedient engineers would have confirmed this with you so that we could deliver the licenses to you but it is important to note that AD sync needs to be functioning properly to ensure licensees apply correctly when users access their virtual desktops. 
  • The "Usage location" property on your users with Azure AD must be configured.  If no usage location for a user is defined, license assignment will fail. 

Process

Once you have been notified that Expedient has delivered your Windows 10 licenses to your Microsoft account you will then need to assign those licenses to your users who will be accessing virtual desktops within EEW.  License assignment is done from either the Office 365 admin center portal or the Azure admin portal.  Ether portal will provide the same result but depending on the processes used by your administrators it may be preferable to assign licenses from the Azure portal because the Azure portal allows you to assign licenses based on group membership whereas the Office 365 admin portal only allows you to assign licenses on an individual user basis.  

Assign licenses to users - Office 365 admin center method

Log into your Office 365 admin center as an administrator who has the global, license, or user admin role.  

Under the users list click on the user you wish to assign a Windows 10 license to.  On the User properties window click on the "Licenses and apps" section.  Check the box to assign the user the Windows 10 license and click Save changes.

Alternatively you can do the same thing by going to the Billing > Licenses section of the portal, click on the Windows 10 license from the list and click on Assign licenses

Assign licenses to users - Azure admin portal method

Log into your Azure portal as an administrator and go to the Azure Active Directory page.  

Click on Licenses from the list on the left side of the page and on the Licenses page click All Products

On the all products page, select the Windows 10 license from the list.  On the Windows 10 license page you can choose to assign the license to individual users or a group.  

Desktop activation registry key

Please note that Microsoft has identified a known issue where properly licensed Windows 10 Enterprise users may incorrectly see the Windows Activation watermark on their desktop.  For more information and details of how to correct the issue please refer to the article "Resolving Windows 10 Activation Issues".


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