The Microsoft Partner Agreement (MPA)

  • Synopsis

    The Microsoft Partner Agreement (MPA)
  • Applicable to

    All Sherweb partners selling Microsoft online services
  • The Microsoft Partner Agreement (MPA)


    What is the MPA?

    The Microsoft Partner Agreement (MPA) is the new Microsoft contract for all partners in the Microsoft Cloud Solution Provider (CSP) program and it replaces several previous Microsoft agreements, such as the Microsoft Cloud Reseller Agreement (MCRA) and the Microsoft Cloud Distributor Agreement (MCDA). It provides a modular, perpetual agreement that Microsoft CSP partners can execute and store digitally, and terms depend on partner type and offers they’re qualified to sell.


    Who needs to accept the MPA with Microsoft?

    All partners in the Microsoft Cloud Solution Provider (CSP) program are required to accept the MPA to transact in the CSP program. This means that all SherWeb Partners reselling or distributing Microsoft online services (which are Indirect Resellers under Microsoft CSP Program) are required to accept the Microsoft Partner Agreement for Indirect Resellers.


    Can our partners accept the MPA in Cumulus?

    No, our partners cannot accept the MPA in the Cumulus portal. Partners must log on to Microsoft Partner Center to accept the MPA.


    What is the timeline?

    September 1, 2019: The MPA became available for acceptance.

    September 1, 2019 through January 31, 2020: Transition period for existing partners acting in good faith to sign the MPA.

    After January 31, 2020, acceptance of the MPA will be a condition for continuing participation in the CSP Program. After such date, Partners that have not accepted the MPA will be limited to the management and servicing of existing customers and subscriptions.


    To learn more about the Microsoft Partner Agreement, click here.


    Steps to accept or verify the status of the MPA


    1   Sign in as a Global Admin in your Partner Center.


    2   If the MPA has not yet been signed, click the Accept and continue button.



    3   If the Accept and continue button is not visible, the MPA may have already been signed. A Global Admin can verify by going to the Partner profile page. If the MPA has already been signed, it will be listed as Active.



      If neither of the above steps work, please open a case directly with Microsoft by clicking Support, and then Partner support requests in the Partner Center.



  • Keywords

    Microsoft Partner Agreement, MPA, SherWeb
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