Buy a Microsoft Action Pack for the first time

Appropriate roles: Global admin | User management admin | MPN partner admin | Admin agent

In Partner Center, members of the Microsoft Partner Network (MPN) can purchase a Microsoft Action Pack.

If you're new to partnering with Microsoft, the first step is to join the Microsoft Partner Network. To join MPN, go to the membership page on the partner network site and select Join now when you're ready to sign up.

After you've successfully joined the partner network, follow the instructions on the partner network site (sign-in required) to buy your first Microsoft Action Pack subscription. As a partner, you can purchase one Microsoft Action Pack per Partner global account (PGA).

You can find more details about Microsoft Action Pack on the offer’s page on the partner website.

Payment preference: Credit card vs electronic bank transfer

Credit card as method of payment

Follow these steps to complete your credit card payment:

  1. If you selected Credit card as your preferred method of payment, the Credit card details page appears.

  2. Select the agreement link close to the top of this page and review the MPN Offer Purchase Terms and Conditions on behalf of your company. This agreement offers important information about your billing account, renewal, refund eligibility, and taxes.

  3. Enter your credit card details and billing information in the related fields, then select Pay.

    Your payment will be collected through a third-party, secure payment gateway.

    Note

    Make sure the address you enter on this page corresponds to the address on your credit card. If the legal entity address differs from the address on your credit card, do not use your legal entity address on this Credit Card details page. Also, make sure the zip code is correct and corresponds to the address you enter on this page.

Your Microsoft Action Pack is activated as soon as the credit card information is received and the transaction is completed.

Electronic bank transfer as method of payment

Follow these steps to complete your electronic bank transfer to complete your purchase of a Microsoft Action Pack.

  1. If you selected Electronic bank transfer as your preferred method of payment, you'll see the Review purchase details page.

  2. Select the agreement link toward the bottom of this page and review the MPN Offer Purchase Terms and Conditions on behalf of your company. This agreement offers important information about your billing account, renewal, refund eligibility, and taxes.

  3. Review the bank transfer details you’ll need.

  4. In Your selected purchase area, note the amount due to Microsoft and the specific currency fee. You'll need to transfer that amount in that specific currency from your bank account.

  5. When you’re satisfied you have all the information you need, select Submit.

    Note

    Your Order number and MPN ID will appear as soon as you successfully Submit the order. Make a note of this information. You will need it later to complete your bank transfer.

  6. You'll see a confirmation page indicating your submission was successful. After you complete the wire transfer with your bank, you’ll need to return to this page to upload your proof of payment.

  7. Complete the wire transfer from your bank account. Be sure to:

    1. Include both the Order number and MPN ID in your wire transfer reference details.
    2. Transfer the amount due (in the currency noted earlier) to the Microsoft bank account shown in the prior page’s Wire transfer instructions area.
  8. Once your bank confirms the transaction, take a photo of the bank confirmation as proof. Make sure the bank confirmation proof document shows details about:

    1. The date the wire transfer payment occurred
    2. The Microsoft bank account used to receive your wire transfer
    3. The transfer amount shown in proper currency
    4. Your Order number and MPN ID number
  9. See the next section for steps to upload your proof of wire transfer payment document.

Switch from electronic bank transfer payment preference to credit card payment method

You might decide later to change your payment methods. For example, you might decide to use a credit card payment instead of an electronic bank transfer. Or, you may already have an unactioned electronic bank transfer order created in the system.

To change your payment preferences for an existing order, you first need to cancel the order, then repurchase it using your preferred payment method.

Do the following to cancel an existing, unactioned electronic bank transfer and change your payment preferences:

  1. Sign in to the Partner Center dashboard, select the Membership tile, then select Membership offers.
  2. In the Purchased offers list, locate the specific offer you want to cancel. Then, under the Action column for that offer, select Cancel Order.
  3. Follow the remaining steps to cancel the order:

Update your bill-to address

In the process of renewing or purchasing Microsoft Action Pack, you can validate your bill-to address.

  1. After selecting submit, you can review the details of your purchase. Select update if you see that your address needs to be updated.
  2. On the Legal profile page, update your address.

Choose Microsoft Action Pack or Learning Action Pack

As soon as payment is successfully completed and activated, you’ll be prompted to choose one of the two Action Packs that are offered: Microsoft Action Pack or Learning Action Pack.

You can view and compare the benefits of both Action Packs in the benefits table at the end of this article. You can also download the table.

Read the descriptions of the two of Action Packs carefully and choose the one that suits your company’s needs best.

Important

After you choose one of the Action Packs and save your choice, your choice is permanent for the rest of the year. The selection screen won’t be available again until your next renewal period.

Microsoft Action Pack renewal eligibility

If you’re invited to renew your Action Pack in Partner Center, note that we've changed our renewal window policy. Now you can renew your subscription only after it expires. For example, if your subscription expires on June 22, you can renew it starting June 23 and for 30 days after. You can find your subscription's expiration date on your membership offers page (sign-in required). When you’re eligible to renew in the Partner Center, follow the steps outlined here.

Note

Cloud benefits/IURs' activated on Microsoft 365 Admin Center portal will not be renewed automatically when you renew your Action Pack subscription. Redeem the cloud software subscription keys that are provisioned for your Action pack and extend the end date.

Download your Action Pack invoice

Go to your Membership offers page. Select Microsoft Action Pack Subscription to view your subscription details.

Select Download invoice.

Cancel your Action Pack

To cancel your Action Pack, submit a support request in Partner Center.

Next steps

License table for Action Pack subscription partners

This table was last updated: June 9, 2020.

Microsoft offers two different types of Action Packs to choose from. You can see the details of both in these tables:

You can download the Microsoft Partner Network programs guide for important policy details regarding license use rights and limitations about each software product or online service. (The download starts automatically.) Your organization must comply with the use terms outlined in the Microsoft Partner Network programs guide.

The information in these tables is intended to help partners understand the product licenses included in Microsoft Action Pack Subscription (MAPS) and the Learning Action Pack subscription (LAPS). Details are subject to change. Be sure to review that information in Partner Center first.

You can download this table as a PDF file by selecting License table for Microsoft Action Pack Subscription. partners. (The download starts automatically.)

Learning Action Pack Subscription benefits

Benefit Offer Details
Azure Credit (Monthly) $100
Windows 10 Enterprise - Learning VHD 100
Visual Studio Pro 3
Microsoft Office 365 (E3) Seats 5
SQL Server 2019 Standard (Per Core) 2
Windows Server 2019 Essentials (Per Core) 1
Windows Server 2019 CALs 10
Dynamics 365 – Customer Engagement 5
Services: Technical Journeys Five hours
Support: Product Support Incidents 10

Microsoft Action Pack Subscription product licenses

Apps and Infrastructure:

Microsoft Software Product Type License Grants
Azure AD Basic Cloud Service 5
Microsoft Azure Cloud Service US$100 monthly credit
Microsoft Visual Studio Professional Subscription Cloud Service 3
R Server for SUSE Linux On-Premises 1
R Server for Teradata DB On-Premises 1
System Center 2019 Client Management Suite On-Premises 10
System Center 2019 Standard On-Premises 16
System Center Configuration Manager (current branch) On-Premises 10
System Center Endpoint Protection (current branch) On-Premises 10
Windows Server 2019 CALs (not edition specific) On-Premises 10
Windows Server 2019 Essentials (Per Core) On-Premises 1
Windows Server 2019 Remote Desktop Services (RDS) CALs On-Premises 10
Windows Server 2019 Standard (Per Core) On-Premises 16
Windows Storage Server 2016 Workgroup On-Premises 1

Business applications:

Microsoft Software Product Type License Grants
Microsoft Dynamics 365 – Customer Engagement Cloud Service 5
Microsoft Dynamics CRM Workgroup Server 2016 On-Premises One server license provides access to five users.

Data and AI:

Microsoft Software Product Type License Grants
Machine Learning Server for Hadoop On-Premises 1
Machine Learning Server for Linux On-Premises 1
Microsoft SQL Server 2019 Standard (per core) On-Premises 2

Modern workplace:

Microsoft Software Product Type License Grants
Enterprise Mobility Suite Cloud Service 5
Microsoft Intune Cloud Service 5
Microsoft Office 365 E3 Cloud Service 5
Advanced Threat Analytics Client Management License On-Premises 5
Microsoft Desktop Optimization Pack (MDOP) 2015 On-Premises 10
Microsoft Exchange Server 2019 Standard On-Premises 1
Microsoft Exchange Server 2019 Standard CALs On-Premises 10
Microsoft Office Professional Plus 2019 On-Premises 10
Microsoft Project Professional 2019 On-Premises 1
Microsoft SharePoint Server 2019 Enterprise On-Premises 1
Microsoft SharePoint Server 2019 Enterprise CALs (include Standard CALs) On-Premises 10
Microsoft Skype for Business Server 2019 On-Premises 1
Microsoft Skype for Business Server 2019 Standard CALs On-Premises 10
Microsoft Visio Professional 2019 On-Premises 1
Windows 10 Enterprise (Current Branch or LTSC 2019) On-Premises 10
Windows 10 Professional (Current Branch or LTSC 2019) On-Premises 10
Windows Embedded 8 Standard On-Premises 10
Windows Embedded 8.1 Industry Enterprise On-Premises 10
Windows Embedded 8.1 Industry Pro On-Premises 10
Windows Embedded POS Ready 7 On-Premises 10