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    Newbie trying to understand licensing basics


    I recently started work in a primary school to help with ict.
    We have xp pro machines on a domain and one 2003 file server.
    All this was set up by a small local supplier some time ago.

    We currently don't have an ICT coordinator and I've not
    found any paperwork to do with licenses and nobody in school
    seems to know anything about it.

    What sort of questions should I be asking our original
    local supplier to make sure we are legit in terms of licensing ?

    What sort of paperwork should I or our original supplier be able to produce
    to prove we are fully licensed, e.g. for an audit.
    e.g. XP licenses, server licenses, sofware licenses (e.g. we seem to
    use office 2000 plus lots of apps like 2 simple) ?

    Are we likely to be audited on this ?

    Could anybody explain / point me to resources describing the basics
    of licensing in an educational environment in the united kingdom.

    Thanks for any advice.

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    with the xp pcs its worth checking for the windows xp sticker on the box

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    original purchase orders might be worth looking at - what was ordered? If you ordered PCs with Office 2000 you should be covered as you can produce your orders and invoices as evidence.

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    Hi MrStrong,

    i had a customer with a similar problem and there are a few variables. microsoft have changed how licensing is done since you had that implemented.
    key things are:

    1. are the computers on licensing or are they OEM licenses that came with the machine.
    2. if they are licensing has the original supplier put the licences on your account or his but still licensing you. not to worry if thy are on his and h doesnt play ball as you can have them switched back.

    Here: http://www.microsoft.com/licensing/default.aspx
    There you can find all the info on licensing from basic to advanced.

    there is no real simple answer for your situation without knowing which way you are covered. just because the machine has an OEM sticker doesnt mean it isnt on licensing.
    If you can find out from the previous supplier if they used the licenses from the machines or whether they bought volume licenses i can assist you further on here.

    failing all of the above there is a telephone number to microsoft licensing you can call (i dont have it to hand right now) whom i have spoken with a few times to solve similar situations for my customers. Microsoft seem to be very keen to ensure licenses are in the end users account with resellers and support companies as admin to them rather than the other way around. seems the logical way to me but obviously some not so upfront people can do it the other way around.
    please do note though that you are NOT required to have a reseller or consultant on your licensing as this is just an option so they can assist more efficiently. i personally only have 1 client that has it with me because they have no idea about licensing.

    So to summarise:
    i would contact the previous supplier and see if it is OEM or licensing. if it is all OEM you should be fine as long as the labels are with all of the machines and the OS matches that label
    If it is licensing ask them what your authorisation code is and more importantly what email address it is assigned to.

    Shout back the results, obviously not the auth code or email address just what the situation is after speaking with them and i can further advise on how to solve your issue if possible

    My Fee's? £00 but would appreciate any Kudo's

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