If you're an IT pro, much of what you do every day is governed by practical considerations. Deployments are judged by how well they work, and when things fail it's usually a matter of troubleshooting to find and fix the problem.

But you can throw all that common sense and consistency right out the window when it comes to the licensing restrictions behind those IT deployments. And if you're deploying Microsoft products, innocent errors can become very expensive -- quickly.

The technicalities of Microsoft licensing are daunting. Even if you're holding a receipt for a full-price copy of Windows (client or server), the product's license might be in ...

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