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  • If I am not wrong, BSA or MS etc will not ask you where you got the hardware from....only software. If you are running the same OEM OS as per sticker on the hardware, the stickers would suffice. Things do get more complicated if the machine have OEM software like MS Office as you would need the sticker as well.

    In the past, they might sight the premises but nowadays they usually ask you for SAM reports if you have your own asset management software or just run the SAM tools that the auditor have.

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    These computers have Linux/BSD variant installed on them and are used in a business. 
    

    If they are running Linux why would you be worried about MS Windows licensing?

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    On a separate computer in that business someone is using some software from Microsoft that has a EULA that requires periodic audits such as Microsoft Office (please correct me if I’m wrong).
    

    What license is this?  Most licenses do NOT require periodic audits.

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    If they are running Linux why would you be worried about MS Windows licensing?
    

    Because I've heard scenarios where people were demanded to install the auditing software on every machine regardless of it's use or risk confiscation and it leads me to believe computers with OEM licenses are a factor. However, admittedly I’m having trouble finding where I read this.

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    What license is this?  Most licenses do NOT require periodic audits.
    

    Maybe the one Windows computer is volume licensed. Maybe it's not a license that is triggering an audit, but an anonymous tip. I'm looking at a worse case scenario where they somehow weasel their way to recognizing all PCs, regardless of use or lack there of, need to be in compliance.

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  • spicehead-mhvvg wrote:

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    If they are running Linux why would you be worried about MS Windows licensing?
    

    Because I've heard scenarios where people were demanded to install the auditing software on every machine regardless of it's use or risk confiscation and it leads me to believe computers with OEM licenses are a factor. However, admittedly I’m having trouble finding where I read this.

    That's crazy and should not be a concern.  Nobody is going to force you to install software on your computers.  Even if they ask you to do it, you can refuse for reasons of security.  Your PCs, your network.  Especially on machines that aren't even running their OS.

    spicehead-mhvvg wrote:

    Maybe the one Windows computer is volume licensed. Maybe it's not a license that is triggering an audit, but an anonymous tip. I'm looking at a worse case scenario where they somehow weasel their way to recognizing all PCs, regardless of use or lack there of, need to be in compliance.

    A single VL is not a reason for an audit.  Especially a physical visit.

    Something seems very wrong here.

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  • If not a single VL, then an anonymous tip. Tip would say that the computers are stolen and some have pirated windows installed. The auditors come and they find 2 of the computers with a non-Windows OS installed and 1 of the computers has an empty hard drive in it. Are they going to want proof the computers aren't stolen? Are they going to ask to see if Windows is on a partition of the drive and what kind of verification would they use for that?

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  • spicehead-mhvvg wrote:

    If not a single VL, then an anonymous tip. Tip would say that the computers are stolen and some have pirated windows installed. The auditors come and they find 2 of the computers with a non-Windows OS installed and 1 of the computers has an empty hard drive in it. Are they going to want proof the computers aren't stolen? Are they going to ask to see if Windows is on a partition of the drive and what kind of verification would they use for that?

    Stolen computers?  That's a police issue not a licensing issue.

    If you boot a PC and Windows doesn't load that should be the end of it.

    What country are you in?  Some of these questions seem a bit... extreme.

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