Finally, there are affiliate registration forms, business registration or server and cloud registration. “Records” are the vehicle used to implement a purchase. These documents describe all the minimum order requirements as well as specific definitions or terms for the program. An example of a company registration is the definition of a “qualified user” and a “qualified device.” These are important definitions, because because of the signing of an Enterprise record, you accept the purchase of an Enterprise product (Office Professional, Windows Operating System, Enterprise-CAL or Core-CAL and some O365-SKUs) for any qualified user or device within the organization. It is important to understand this responsibility and take steps to change this language if you have large groups of users or devices that, for whatever reason, do not participate in the agreement. The Microsoft Business Services Agreement (MBSA) is a permanent document with no fixed expiry date and contains most of the terms and conditions applicable to all Microsoft agreements and records. In section 2 of the MBSA, you will usually find the language in terms of usage, ownership, rights and all restrictions. Section 3 of the MBSA explains how both parties should handle confidential information. Guarantees, defending third-party claims, limitation of liability and compliance verification are also dealt with in the MBSA.
You can provide cloud services directly from the Microsoft Business Center, which sends a processing order to your chosen partner. Your partner then charges you for your cloud services. The business center allows you to manage and allocate your cloud service seats via the “online services” tile. Once your cloud service purchase has been processed, these are displayed in your business center summary. Note that Microsoft Azure cannot be purchased by MPSA. Program-level documents include the Select Plus agreement or MPSA and the enterprise agreement. These documents express the rules of the licensing program. Under the enterprise agreement, the agreement describes, for example, licensing, the length of time the license is granted, the fact that Software Assurance is a necessary component of the Enterprise Agreement program, and much more. These documents are generally considered to be always green and have no fixed end date. However, customers should remember that Microsoft often rolls out a new agreement and prohibits the signing of new registrations for old agreements.