. The following services focus on helping you get the visibility you need to minimize risks and get the most value from your software investments. They claim that they can. Thank you, Microsoft Customer Service +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ Please do not reply to this email. Although this is a self-assessment, you'll have access to a Microsoft representative who has in-depth knowledge of Microsoft licensing and subscription programs, so if you need help, you don't have to figure it out alone. As previously noted, ignorance is not a valid defense from a legal perspective, and knowingly being non-compliant is also a civil and potentially criminal offense.
I would have been better off lying about it. Perhaps the most valuable element when preparing for either a self-assessment or a formal licensing audit is to be well organized and documented. For that reason, a confident licensee in that position could sign and return the requested self-assessment certification immediately upon receiving the self-assessment request. If you acquired any Microsoft licensing through Volume Licensing, that may prepopulate in the portal. Does anyone have an email from their assigned caseworker indicating that they don't have to really do this? Once in the Program, partners will be able to utilize their exclusive status to set themselves apart in the marketplace, drive new business opportunities, gain more exposure, and become trusted advisors to customers through their digital transformation journeys. You don't have to do anything even if that were a real thing.
You can also see for more information. Turns out it's not a scam just what I consider to be an illegal marketing attempt. The idea is simply Microsoft chooses customers randomly from a list of everyone who owns - Volume Licenses Software, Server, User Cals, etc - Online Services Office 365. Knowing what software you own and what is currently in use provides a stronger foundation on which to make these decisions. Greetings All, I have been ignoring an E-mails that sounded like spam for a while - until I l looked at the headers with scrutiny and they seem legit. The self-assessment process is provided to our customers as a pathway to ongoing software management. A Business Essentials license allows that user to use the online O365 apps.
If the audit reveals unlicensed usage of 5% or more than they have licensed, the customer will be required to pay the retail price for all unlicensed products plus the cost of the audit. According to a 2012 , almost 75% of software vendors believe their customers do not manage software license entitlements correctly. I called Microsoft: 800 642-7676 They could not visit the Website: as referenced in the email. This message was sent from an unmonitored mailbox; email sent to it will not be received. The details of these services are subject to change. Make sure that your provider actually gave you the licensing that you paid for — as it is a common issue for a dishonest provider to pay for a single license and charge for multiple licenses while installing the single license on all workstations. We may also suggest pre-emptive changes that, without spending more money, eliminate or reduce non-compliance.
To report an incident or learn about similar scams, visit. This document may not be distributed for profit. Per the customer's agreement, Microsoft makes every effort to ensure minimal disruption of the customer's day-to-day operations. The goal of this self-assessment is to draw your attention to potential business inefficiencies and risks created by using outdated or unlicensed software. It's very time consuming to gather all the data for Microsoft. Key insights help customers establish the right processes for cyber-risk reduction. License Verification Process The License Verification Process is a Microsoft guided assessment of the Microsoft software you have deployed and are using compared with your corresponding licensing entitlements.
Remember that the only power people behind those e-mails have is power of attorney. Throughout this process, you will have access to a Microsoft representative, who has in-depth knowledge of Microsoft licensing and subscription programs so that if you need help, you don't have to figure it out alone. Almost all of our clients who use Office 365 are now being hit up for Microsoft Licensing audits. Microsoft is on an ongoing mission to crack down on pirated and unverifiable ownership of software licensing, and no business is too small to avoid scrutiny. These services can help you gain a clear view into the software you have deployed and are using compared with the licenses you've acquired, providing you with a clear starting point for managing and tracking your software going forward. Microsoft will request that the target allow a third party to audit its software installations and report the results directly to them.
Many of my clients resell Microsoft and we frequently request changes. What to expect Your self-assessment is completed using your unique credentials to gain access to the secure License Baseline Certification portal. All text must be copied without modification and all pages must be included. These installs are for the licensed users use - not others. Otherwise, If I buy a O365 Business Essential package then I needn't to buy a Office Offline package like 2013,2016???? I have no idea how legal Microsoft is willing to get in the case of a refusal of their request. I'm wondering whether this is actually a real thing I need to follow up on, and what the ramifications of it are.
Please be ready with the date of the call and the phone number or name of the company that called you. Ars may earn compensation on sales from links on this site. As part of this process a report will be provided, giving you key insights to identify opportunities for improvement as well as critical findings. I'm going to ignore for now. If you decline the second, you will get the third. The License Baseline Certification gives you a starting point to gain the visibility you need to identify these potential inefficiencies and risks.
I would seriously consider going through the process. By and large the latter hardly ever happens. Of course the auditors know this and they will likely be particularly diligent in this area. This review is an effort to help customers achieve and maintain license compliance, and to protect Microsoft intellectual property rights. The License Baseline Certification is a self-assessment that compares the Microsoft software you have deployed and are using with the corresponding licenses you've acquired.
Would recommend leveraging your software re-sellers help. They were over the practice, they won in court on grounds of improper venue but it does point out that they're still practicing the hard sell via police raid thing. We can get into your network and run reports to pull information on your Office, Windows, and server products. This may take the form of a self-assessment or an onsite audit. Exchange, etc All of these selected customers go to a third party company who perform these reviews. I had a similar experience to everyone else who commented here.