This is a great way to upgrade lower level license editions to a higher edition license and at the same time utilize purchased licenses and save money on needed higher version licenses.

Customers must have a license with active Software Assurance protection coverage (e.g., Software Assurance or Enterprise Agreement) for the qualifying product in order to acquire a Step-Up License. The customer’s right to the use of software under a Step-Up license is conditioned on their having and retaining a License for the qualifying product.

Product Step Up examples

Licensed Application

Step Up To

BizTalk® Server BranchBizTalk® Server Standard
BizTalk® Server BranchBizTalk® Server Enterprise
BizTalk® Server StandardBizTalk® Server Enterprise
Commerce Server StandardCommerce Server Enterprise
Core CAL SuiteEnterprise CAL Suite
Dynamics CRM Workgroup ServerDynamics CRM Professional Server
Dynamics CRM Professional ServerDynamics CRM Enterprise Server
Exchange Server StandardExchange Server Enterprise
Lync Server StandardLync® Enterprise or Lync® Plus
Office Project StandardOffice® Project Professional
Office StandardOffice® Professional Plus
Office Visio® StandardOffice Visio® Professional
Professional DesktopEnterprise Desktop
SQL Server ™ WorkgroupSQL Server ™ Standard
SQL Server ™ StandardSQL Server ™ Enterprise
System Center Configuration Manager Standard Server Management LicenseSystem Center® Configuration Manager Enterprise Server Management License
System Center Configuration Manager Enterprise Server Management LicenseSystem Center® Server Management Suite Enterprise
Visual Studio Team System Architecture Edition with MSDN PremiumVisual Studio® Team System Team Suite with MSDN Premium Subscription
Visual Studio® Professional Edition with MSDN PremiumVisual Studio Team System Development Edition with MSDN Premium
Visual Studio® Professional Edition with MSDN ProfessionalVisual Studio® Professional Edition with MSDN Premium
Windows® Server™ StandardWindows® Server™ Enterprise
Windows® Server™ StandardWindows® Server™ Datacenter
Windows® Server™ EnterpriseWindows® Server™ Datacenter

Nov 2016