We have a client who got notification that Microsoft has ordered an audit to be conducted on their network. They were asked to run the MAP tool to generate a software license usage report. Any unlicensed software that the tool finds can be purchased to get "current and legal". As a result, no legal actions will be taken against the client. This is a new client that came to us from a vendor who still has access to their Open License account. The client told us that they know they are not in compliance on some software. They also said that their previous vendor had three other clients call this week about upcoming audits.
Is it advisable for us (or all of our clients) to run the MAP tool to verify compliance?
We stress to our clients the importance of being compliant.
Since we have not used this tool, we want to MAKE SURE WE DO NOT trigger an audit by running the assessment!!! Could this trigger an audit?
NOTE: We use other tools to gather network and licensing information, such as Belarc, Spiceworks, and MS Baseline Security Analyzer.