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Jan 26, 2016 - 05:35 AM
1) Microsoft will retain a very 'granular' view of the Hardware and associated MS Software that you have submitted. Yes, there is 'encryption' and device name scrambling, but the relationhip of what hardware ( and how old it is) and the software will remain!! Consider it an 'X-Ray' of the HW/MS SW matrix that you have ( think 'SQLServer' )
2) The CIDC 'submission' is typically outside the bounds of the terms and conditions Volume License Contract. Furthermore, many of the 'mandatory' data elements ( install date, install media) are outside licensing calculations ( but used by Microsoft for statistical analysis) There; I've said it. the CIDC is not compulsory during a review..... so why is there so much effort to have you do it? That's in the next point....
3) There is no ability to determine Usage rights exemptions in the spreadsheet ( such as multiple install rights, SQL Server production/backup rights, Virtualization rights, etc.), So that data has to be 'calculated' at the Inviso location in order to generate the summarized "EDP" report ( which is identical to what AssetLabs does ...except we don't share your data with Microsoft). The fact that calculations have to be done at the device level is the reason why you must submit the device data!
4) If you agree to the terms of the review, you may be waiving your rights of effective privacy that were given to you in the Microsoft VLA ( where you are obligated to declare 'counts' of installs..but not obligated to submit device data-points.! And do keep in mind that the SAM Partner is being paid by Microsoft; so they are obligrated to focus on Microsoft's direction..... not yours!
At the end of the day - whether you give your data away via the CIDC or ( we suggest) to submit your own EDP report ( and maintain your device/user matrix privacy!) - AssetLabs suggests that you apply your focus on SQLServer production states BEFORE you submit data in any way. A single install of Office can cost you $300; a single install of SQLServer ENT starts at $32K. Determine the production state excemptions( backup, test, qa, etc) before submitting any data
So, consider your currents rights and obligations as dictated in your current VLA/MBSA. Then, consider a solution/methodology where you can deliver an EDP, and not the CIDC.