Exchange license issue

Dear experts,  can Microsoft check exact number of Exchange users in a domain?  If so,  how can they do that? Many thanks.
DP230Network AdministratorAsked:
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Mohammad Ishtyaq khatriSr. Systems EngineerCommented:
Yes, you can see how many Exchange mailboxes you have. Hope that is what you are trying to find.

You can do on the Exchange powershell
(Get-Mailbox -Resultsize Unlimited -Recipienttypedetails User).Count

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This will give you count of all the user mailboxes you currently have in your organization
DP230Network AdministratorAuthor Commented:
No,  I mean Microsoft vendor,  can they check from outside?  We were asked by them for auditing license of exchange user CAL.
timgreen7077Exchange EngineerCommented:
No they can't check this from outside your org. they want you to buy licenses based on use but they can remote get this information, thats why they ask you and run audits.
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Lee W, MVPTechnology and Business Process AdvisorCommented:
When you purchased and installed Exchange, you accepted a legal agreement that said you would follow certain rules and purchase licenses as the agreement stated.  Are you NOT honoring that agreement?  If you are, there is nothing to worry about.  If you are not, then you are stealing rights.  If you fail to report appropriately and run the software they require to audit, you COULD end up in a legal fight where your license costs are dwarfed by your legal costs fighting it.  Just do the right thing.
DP230Network AdministratorAuthor Commented:
Hi, I know the agreement and purchased 50 user CALs at that time, but now we are growing to 60 users, so I am wondering if they can check this online?

How is the procedure of auditing? Does anyone have experience about it?
Lee W, MVPTechnology and Business Process AdvisorCommented:
Why is this a concern?  Just buy the additional Client Access Licenses.  You are obligated to do so.  Whether they can check or not, today or in two years.
DP230Network AdministratorAuthor Commented:
Hi, this is a startup company and we have limited budget. That's why ;(
timgreen7077Exchange EngineerCommented:
timgreen7077Exchange EngineerCommented:
Generally if you out grow you licenses, then once you true up again with MS you will purchase additional licenses based on what you think your growth will be.
Lee W, MVPTechnology and Business Process AdvisorCommented:
If you can afford to you hire 10 new people, you can afford the about $1200 for Client Access Licenses.  If this was going to be a problem, you should have gone with Office 365 which is likely more expensive in the LONG RUN, but in the short term, is MUCH LESS expensive.
Lee W, MVPTechnology and Business Process AdvisorCommented:
I don't understand how you feel THEFT is an option - that what it is to me - THEFT when you steal the rights you previously agreed to pay for.
timgreen7077Exchange EngineerCommented:
Guys you are beating him to death. He just asked a question. I think a solid answer is enough, an don't assume theft is the motive.
DP230Network AdministratorAuthor Commented:
@Lee: We are going to pay this when we can, now it is hard time for us, and we are NOT asking how to avoid to buy it, dont u understand?

We are asking can Microsoft check this issue online?
Lee W, MVPTechnology and Business Process AdvisorCommented:
Talk to Microsoft. We can't give you a pass to not license something.  Talk to your bank.  Use a credit card. Whatever.  Violating licensing should not be an option.  I'm sorry if my desire to see you be an honest person who respects the license agreements you agree to offends.  I don't walk into a grocery store and steal food telling them I'm hungry today but I get paid in a week and I'll pay you then and expect them to be ok with that.

I'll stop now... hopefully you will do the right thing.  Bye.
timgreen7077Exchange EngineerCommented:
No MS can't check this online unless you give them permission to access your systems. They take your word for it, and if they decide to audit you, they normally would send an auditor.

Once you true up with MS again, then add the additional licenses you need. During the true up is when you revisit your license needs, and if you have grown, then you purchase more.

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DP230Network AdministratorAuthor Commented:
@Lee: Many thanks for your comments but I need the answer for my question, not the judgement for how I live and behave. I don't need a court here, just focus on the question rather than describe your emotion with somebody which isn't like you, even if you are from Microsoft.
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