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  • Strictly voluntary and un-reimbursed expense for your organization. Eff them!

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  • I've been through a license audit from Microsoft before, and it starts out initially like this. If you choose not to participate in the voluntary then you may very well get an official request for Microsoft to complete this license verification process. Question do you use Microsoft volume licensing? If you use Microsoft volume licensing part of the agreement is that you will be subject to an audit at any point in time to verify that you are not exceeding your license allocation.

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  • As stated this is voluntary, not a requirement.

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  • I got one of those a few years back, told the sorry wasn't doing it and never heard from them again.

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  • I will take a screenshot of your post Gregory, use for ammunition if I cross this bridge again.

    If I would have known this was an unofficial request, I wouldn't have wasted the hours it took to do.

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  • I don’t mind the audit just want to make sure it was legit. I have some open licenses but we are a small shop. With all the scams I thought it would have been by mail not a phone call and email. Thanks for the replies. It is appreciated.

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  • We're pretty much legit, but I ended up giving the poor girl assigned to ours such a run-around that they ended up giving up after a while. They do provide automated tools as well, but they run much better in larger, more organized environments. Plus, since I told her we were switching to Office 365, licensing is pretty much implied...

    But I did run her through the wringer a bit at first, and even verified directly with Microsoft that it was legit. The 'direct to Microsoft' Email address, though it redirects internally to the auditor's company, should set your mind at ease, somewhat.

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  • To clarify my response, I spent a good amount of staff time and effort for our first voluntary audit in 2013. I had as part of my remit organizing and rationalizing licensing for AutoDesk/Adobe/Microsoft etc.

    It was extremely irritating to have a poorly trained contractor sending out Office 97 format XLS files that they clearly didn't understand. I was updating their files for them, that's ridiculous.

    The undertrained person brought help in, also undertrained. They totally didn't get Windows Server Datacenter Edition licensing. I couldn't explain often enough/well enough that Microsoft Access was part of the Office Profesional suite. The person wound up assigning Outlook licenses from Exchange to iPad's (in 2013, long before Outlook for iOS was a thing). ALL of our clients are licensed separately for Office Standard or Professional, and explaining that the Outlook licenses were unused fell on deaf ears.

    I told them flat out that if they wanted me to participate again, they would need to update their spreadsheets and do better training on their licensing, though I didn't figure the feedback would go anywhere. Near as I could tell, it was a fishing expedition for "license true up" under the Open agreements we had (and still have, 95% on MPSA now).

    In 2014, my immediate question was whether they'd updated their process and their documentation. They assured me it was all up to date - patently false. I told them in response we wouldn't be participating. Tried again in 2015, I opened the conversation with NO. Haven't been bothered since.

    Gregory for Microsoft wrote:

    As stated this is voluntary, not a requirement.

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  • Someone sent me this. the "V-" in the email means it's temporary I guess. What are your thoughts on this? 

    https://www.miroconsulting.com/blog/10-signs-of-a-fake-microsoft-audit/

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  • I have had this. I initially tried to cooperate, but it was soon clear that the "auditor" was just looking for an opportunity to sell to us. I put a complaint in to Microsoft about the situation and the "auditor" left and we heard nothing more. I did actually put in the complaint to our MS account manager with the "auditor" standing right in front of me. I had been totally polite and cooperative to him, but I did use phrases such as "clueless bozo" and "rip off merchant" in the 'phone conversation, and I think he got the hint!

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  • Would have had a new home in the recycle bin. An unexpecred attachment? Nope.

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  • I did one of these about 6-7yrs ago.  I agree with the above posts that it was a waste of time and the people on the other end were completely clueless.  One of them called me right around when Covid started this year and i basically told them to get bent that I had more important things to do.  I know I'm license compliant and if MS wants to come knock on my door themselves.  Go for it.  

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  • I have informed my clients that they are paying me by the hour to fill out these forms for nothing other than Microsoft's amusement. All have declined to participate. It boggles my mind that anyone does.

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  • The v- prefix indicates a vendor account. They are a user who works for a 3rd party company that is contracting for MS. I had one for years when I worked in Redmond and the UK. 

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