Microsoft licensing: advice needed please.
Hi guys, very interesting forums you have here.
i have some advice to ask so I thought now would be a good time for my first post.
Basically keeping it short, I've taken over the IT support role in a middle school.
I've been clearing up various mess, mistakes and incomplete jobs from my predecessor. (a long old list.....)
One of the burning issues is software licensing.
We have about 160 machines including staff laptops about the place and most of them appear to be missing licenses for microsoft products running on them.
I have replaced quite a few computers with newer units that at least have a windows license but there is no evidence that any office installation is properly licensed.
Also there is only one copy of Server 2003 to the 3 Servers that are running.
Given the fact that the school is running with a mix of new and old machines I have standardised everything to run Windows XP SP3 with Office 2003 Pro SP3.
I have tallied up what I need to get everything legal:
84 Windows XP Professional
156 Office 2003 Professional
2 Windows server 2003
Is there any cost effective way to cover our use of the existing MS products?
So far I have only found software distributors that sell discounted products on a per item basis. I have found Windows XP OEM packages for about £85 each and office 2007 enterprise at £35 each but it still seems quite expensive given the amount I have to buy.
I dont think vista or windows 7 is a way forward yet given the fact some of our machines are up to 5 years old.
Running office 2007 should be ok though.
Any advice would be greatly appreciated.