Microsoft enterprise agreement
The Microsoft Enterprise Agreement (EA) provides access to Microsoft desktop and server products on a non-perpetual basis during the five year period of the agreement, commencing 1 March 2017.
This agreement covers all qualified desktops used for the benefit of DoE including students. These devices are licensed to run :
- Windows operating system upgrade licence
- Windows Enterprise upgrade licence
- Office Productivity Suite
- Office Professional Plus
- Office for Mac Standard
- Office 365
A "qualified desktop" includes personal devices that are owned, leased or controlled by DoE and used for the benefit of DoE, by or for the benefit of DoE students and meets the minimum requirements for running the programs. Qualified desktops do not include:
- devices which are designated as servers and not used as a personal computer, or
- devices that are not Managed Devices.
Microsoft permits Work at Home (WAH) rights for DoE employees. WAH products are available at a low administrative cost through the reseller. Access to Office 365 and Office 2016 (Mac and Windows) for multiple personally owned devices is available through the staff portal at no cost.
All DoE school students are eligible to download Microsoft desktop software for their personally owned devices through the student portal.
The following Microsoft titles are not included in the Microsoft EA, but can be purchased under the Microsoft Select Agreement at reduced prices:
- Visio and Project licenses
- Imagine Academy subscriptions - for schools
The agreement provides for server software to run the department's ICT infrastructure.
The following server software is available to schools to run the school's local ICT infrastructure where required:
- Windows Server Standard
- SQL Server Standard
The school's ICT coordinator can request access to download and license the server software via EDConnect.
Schools with servers on the central DETNSW.WIN domain are also provided access to Remote Desktop Services Client Access Licenses (CALs) to enable staff to access files on a school server from outside the department's network.