The company I just started with keeps telling me to install this or that (usually Office, sometimes a Windows OS) and to just use the MSDN site for the licenses. They keep telling me that it's all on the up and up because "we're Microsoft Gold Partners" and that lets us install whatever we want - and thus, use it.
I've always been under the impression that MSDN partnerships were for development and testing environments, not to be used in production environments. I have serious doubts about the legality of what they're asking me to do and just want to get an expert's answer on this as to whether this sort of thing is allowed. The company has a number of questionable practices, so I'm not real comfortable just taking them at their word on it.
There are actually 2 companies. A main company in Europe, and a child company in the US - I'm with the team in the US. Well, I sort of -am- the team. The one in Europe is the one that is the "Gold partner", even though to the best of my knowledge I'm the only person within the company with Microsoft certifications, so I'm not sure how that happened. There are about 140 employees between the 2 countries, and just about all of them are using something from the MSDN site (most of them Office, some with OS's pulled from MSDN). We're also running SCOM and a couple of other MS utilities in our production environment. All of our servers are running off MSDN downloads and licenses, best I can tell.
Is what they're asking me to install legal?