I keep reading of software liscence horror stories and non compliance fines, etc, but I was unsure how people physically get away with it. Not working within an ICT section myself or building new PC's/Servers (we are a risk section), when installing MS OS or apps onto either new desktops (i.e. windows 7 and office) or onto new servers (i.e. windows 2008 server and MSSQL/Exchange/SharePoint), is there no process of entering a liscence key onto these systems so the software becomes functional?
Surely you cant just download the OS or software and install it without having to do some form of activation/liscence key entry? So I dont really see how organisations can have computers and servers running unliscenced software if there is an activation stage before the software becomes fully functional? There must be a grey area somewhere. Please enlighten me.