Microsoft Licensing Liability
Posted on 2011-10-12
We are looking at supporting a new client, they have 5 servers, Exchange 2010, 50 users. I know for a fact that they are not licensed for Exchange, Office 2010, or have user cals in place to cover. We have provided costs for multiple ways to license but due to the climate they are struggeling to find either finance or funds to purchase the licenses (i know this should be a core requirement but i can not prioratise the budgets for them).
As an external contractor what would my liability be if i were to take them on as a client knowing that they are out of license. If microsoft come knocking and feel it appropriate to take action would this affect my qualifications (i know they can remove them) if they see i have install OS & Software knowing it is illigal?
I have called microsoft, the department cant help me on my liability but can help on offering them solutions to become compliant....