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Oct 24, 2019 - 07:00 AM
I have confirm this is valid and will be launching on November 19, 2019 starting with Power BI. On December 4, 2019 – it will expand to include PowerApps & Flow.
Attached is the communication we received and I have included a few FAQ’s below. See highlighted FAQ – it seems there is no way to prevent a self-service purchase but Admins will have visibility into the purchases and can ask the user to cancel their original subscription and assigned them one under the EA.
Will the customer’s central procurement or IT team have visibility into end user self-service purchases?
Yes, Microsoft Azure Active Directory admins within the customer organization will have visibility into self-service purchases through the Microsoft 365 admin center.
How does the process work for the customer?
End users purchase subscriptions directly online. Self-service purchase starts with entering an email address. The system detects whether that email address is associated with a user in an existing Azure Active Directory tenant and will redirect the user to login to that tenant.
Later, if the procurement department for the organization wants to consolidate the subscription into its central agreement, the admin can assign the users replacement licenses procured through the central agreement (EA, MPSA, Microsoft Customer Agreement via CSP, MOSA, etc.) and ask the end user to cancel their original subscription.
Which users can buy through self-service?
Anyone with a user account in an eligible Azure Active Directory tenant can buy.
Can users synced from on premises buy through self-service?
Yes, as long as the user has a valid user account in an Azure Active Directory tenant.
Can an admin at the customer prevent self-service purchase, for example on a specific tenant?
No. Admins can’t turn off this capability. We recommend customers use internal company guidelines and documentation to ensure employees know what is and is not acceptable for use within their organizations.
For users who already purchased, can the admin stop them from purchasing additional seats?
No, Microsoft doesn’t block users from making purchases.
What if the organization doesn’t need the self-service licenses as they have already purchased licenses to cover the entire organization?
The end user can cancel their subscription if the customer already has a license to assign the user.