Common Licensing Audit Types

Like other software vendors, Microsoft uses audits to check customer license compliance. The accompanying chart summarizes two major types of license compliance checks: a Software Asset Management (SAM) Baseline check and a formal audit.

The assessment (count) of an organization’s use of Microsoft software and the reconciliation of this use against licenses owned to determine shortfalls are generally performed by Microsoft partners. How shortfalls are ultimately remedied is usually a matter of negotiation with Microsoft and not with the partner.

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