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Jun 22, 2016 - 02:46 AM
Online Portals - VLSC/MPSA (and previous including eOpen) based on you the user requesting or being granted rights to licensing agreements. So if you are a central point (adminstrator for example) you automatically get access to the agreement you are listed on. Historically if you have not had a centralised login, or highly spread purchasing model you are unlikely to get all the agreements.
MPSA is an entirely new/seperate system which does not align to VLSC so all views will be fragmented until it is the only option available. (I still do not understand why Microsoft thought this would be a great idea, but i've been told the underlying technologies do not mix, hence the seperation).
MLS - Microsoft License Statements - are produced by an seperate team within Microsoft. They produce organisational models using various search criteria from the entire Microsoft database of (non MPSA) purchasing. These also need checking that they have searched for all the right names, removed any companies sold, and have captured all agreements.
MPSA - does not appear on MLS and needs to be requested seperate - see reason above...
Transfers - if you have completed a partial tranfer of a license contract (i.e. 6 x Office from 15 Offices on a single license) these changes remain on paper only and DO NOT show in the MLS. So you may have additional or missing licenses dependant on the transfer route.
1: Get an MLS - check the search criteria, check the license agreement summary for everything you think you know your purchased, get the MPSA report added in, and re-request until you are happy this is YOUR estate. Especially check the "unresolved" column (License Summary tab) for licenses which do not have a base license to cover the upgrade/maintenance but don't worry about legacy stuff unless you use it. Systems always fall in unresolved as the base is OEM licensing.
2: Apply any missing agreements to VLSC/MPSA (request access option) or work with Microsoft/Reseller to ensure visibility