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Nov 21, 2016 - 12:06 PM
The answer is *no* if the audit is a demand via a court ordered 'instrument' ( writ/warrant, etc).
But if this a 'review' as per terms of your legal agreement, then the answer is yes.... no, it's 'maybe'.
Typically, the licensee (you) are obligated to periodic reviews as long as the review does not disrupt your business operations.
But if you are 're-architecting' in such a way that you could have been significantly uncompliant before the 're-architecture', then the software vendor may have grounds - legal grounds- to have you declare your previous 'architecture' in order to claim revenue owed.
It really boils down to what you're doing to 're-architecture'; if you're rolling out Windows 10 on your desktops, then (assuming the vendor is Microsoft) any significant delta will have a small reveneue effect.
But if your doing a big P2V ( Physical to Virtual) on your SQLServer farm, well..... that's money owed from a Microsoft POV.
Yeah, it's a fuzzy answer... but there's not enough 'parameters' in this question to go much further.... except for this:
If the vendor is demaing 'review' because they are aware of your re-architecture (i.e. not coincidence) and that the architecture reduces or removes them, then you have a real fight on your hands. They will bring all their legal resources to bear to retrieve $$$ from you, regardless of where you are in your re-architecture.