As for the SPLA, I have tried to sign up for this but it seems like there are a lot of hoops to jump through. I went to the MS site the other day and it said that I had to login to get the SPLA application. I do not have a login so it said I had to be an MS partner first. I said OK, let me signup for that.. I tried to and the site said that I could not for a month or so because their signup tool was down to be redesigned and I could signup in a month or so when it was back up.
Seems like they make it pretty tough..
We use to belong to their Windows Webhoster Program which was MUCH easier to get involved in.
I looked into the SPLA so we could purchase "Web Edition Licenses". Seems that it's just tough to get Windows Server licenses these days.