It's been a while since I've actually had to do a ground up build of a windows server, but the last time I did it, I know I had to actually verify licenses via some kind of wizard. I clicked 'add license' and it asked me what type to which I chose 'open license' and it then asked for my auth code and agreement number and actually verified my license count.
Now I'm adding CALs to a new Server 2003 Standard machine and just have an honor system license dialog? I could say I bought 100 if I wanted (albeit illegal if I was ever audited).
I thought MS was getting MORE strict, not LESS. What gives?