So one of my guys came to me today and indicated that since all of our Video Call Center systems were OEM lic from Microsoft we had a big problem with Imaging. In my old out of date head this made little sense because we used to do this to systems by the hundreds back in the Windows XP days. Well as we talked and I started being a geek and not a manager again it clicked that in Vista they implemented the whole limited activation thing to eliminate piracy. Fair enough.
But here I am with quite a few legal systems and the prospect of having to spend about $10,000 to get them all added to my select agreement. That just stupid. Now let me be clear after working through a BSA suit and then building a large portion of our new back-end platform on Microsoft Products I am very used to stupid licensing issues generated by lawyers and other asshats inside Microsoft to make sure they can screw their clients out of every possible penny. Luckily there is a legal and pretty fair solution to the issue. It lies in the term “Reimaging Rights”. What this allows is any holder of a MS Volume Agreement to purchase a single copy of a Volume Lic of the any OEM product you have legal rights to. you then create the image for that system using the Volume Lic CD/DVD. DO NOT TRUST ME ON THIS! See THIS LINK. Furthermore I plan on having this validated with a MS rep not my LAR who as usual has not a clue about MS lic that they sell me.
Hope this helps someone out.