Monday, January 31, 2011

Licensing vs Inventory

I have spent years dealing with this, and yet it seems there has been little improvement regarding the association between reported inventory (SCCM, Altiris, etc) and license tracking. Mainly due to the ass-headed, no-brained array of licensing schemes vendors shove down the throats of customers.

Let's see... Enterprise, bundled, site, concurrent, per-user, per-machine, per cpu, per core, per terminal client, per domain, per nic, "free", activation required, license file required, environment variables, registry keys, dongles, license servers, borrowing, subscription covered upgrades, firmware-tied, etc.

When the Earth comes to an end, before we round up all the attorneys and politicians, can we round up these idiots and feed them to the sharks?

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