RE: Exchange enterprise urgent help

  • From: "John Tolmachoff \(Lists\)" <johnlist@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: "'[ExchangeList]'" <exchangelist@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Mon, 5 May 2003 23:25:02 -0700

> Brian is technically right. I mean, I can go ahead and install 500 CALs
> on a server even though I only bought 5 CALs... Doesn't matter what my
> CD Key says. For the most part, its on the honor system... although M$
> is known for doing audits.

CALS have nothing to do with a Server license key per say for install
purposes in regards to this discussion. The question is regarding the actual
server install, which is auditable. And yes, unless there is an audit, CALs
are basically on the honor system.

> This was a genuine request and the customer is fully licenced.

Still not something to be asking on an open public forum. If MS wanted to be
a stickler, you could have a problem. Personally, I must see and make a copy
of the actual license and key to place in the clients' safe file in my
office. Part of the reason is that in the worst case scenario, I can prove
that the client provided me with proof of legal right to install. 

> By the way a CD key is not a licence!  For those who had a paddy at my
> request.

True, sort of. However, for example in VL, the key is specifically assigned
to the purchaser. And there is specific language in the VL EULA prohibiting
use of the key by any other entity for any other purpose than the licensed
use for that specific key.

John Tolmachoff MCSE CSSA
eServices For You

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