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accurate count of desktops

We have an issue with AD in that old kit which has been wiped and sent for recycling is still in AD due to admin issues. Now I think the risk is minimal, but in your business for what reasons are you asked for an accurate count of the number of desktops in your environment, and what arfe the risks if you misquote this figure due to your AD being inaccurate as stale / removed kit wasnt removed from AD?
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xmlmagicianCommented:
prime use is for insurance purposes, if the building you are housed burns down how many pcs you are claiming for....but wait...you say i will over estimate just to be on the same side...the insurers would be more thank happy for that as they would charge an extra couple thousands.

this is the main reason in my opinion

then you have licensing issues and the list goes on and on....
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pma111Author Commented:
Can you expand on the liscensing issues in laymans terms liscensing really isnt an area I am comfortable with....
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pma111Author Commented:
>and the list goes on and on....

Any more examples most welcome to get the message through to the AD admin this isnt a risk free area....
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xmlmagicianCommented:
no problem,
when it comes to licencing let's say you have 250 licences and you have only 200 pcs to my count that is an extra £2k+, when i say the list goes on it extends to the antivirus software you use the office licences which are £400 per licence, any encryption licencing, ms exchange etc

you should think it this way: how much money a single user cost to your organisation. the best way to go about it is by pretending you have a new starter. what do you do for them? buy them a pc/laptop, create an AD profile, email, sharepoint etc.

again i will underline that the insurance issue is the most important one.
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pma111Author Commented:
>when it comes to licencing let's say you have 250 licences and you have only 200 pcs to my count that is an extra £2k+,

Ah so are you coming at it from an overspend in terms of liscences, i.e. more than you need? You have 250, you only need 200?
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xmlmagicianCommented:
exactly,

it does not make a difference if you have bought all the licences outright but if you are working on a lease model it does.

in addition, lets say that you have winxp machines on your network that will be out of microsoft support come 2014 how many licences of the new OS you need?

i know admins some times might be technically gifted/brilliant but they might not see the whole business picture as some of them they have the fear that if you lose some of their funding it will be very hard to have it back (this is true in some cases)

let me know if you need any more help
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pma111Author Commented:
thats great....
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xmlmagicianCommented:
you are welcome...

let me know if i can help with anything else
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