I just stumbled upon Microsoft's technical guidance for Windows Vista Volume Activation 2.0. Oh my! Taking the length of the documents into account, this seems to be more complicated than deploying Vista.
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I really wonder why this is necessary. Until now, we didn't have to worry about licensing. We've a so-called Campus Agreement with Microsoft. We just tell them the number of employees and the Microsoft products, we want to license. This determines our annul fee. Updates are included in the price. So, we don't do license management at all.
If you are working for an educational institution, I highly recommend this form of licensing. Aside from the fact that it simplifies matters, it is also cheaper than computer-based licensing. Most of our computers are for students. Since the price is based on the number of employees, we get these licenses for students for free.
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I've never heard Microsoft offering something similar for companies. I wonder, why? Step-by-step guides for Volume Activation would be unnecessary, thereby reducing TCO of Windows, significantly. I think, companies go through this ordeal only because there is no other competitive desktop OS in sight.