If your organization uses VMware, you may be contacted by the VMware Global Compliance Services team giving your organization the option to be part of its #I’m Compliant campaign stating: “This campaign offers the opportunity to review your company’s state in regards of VMware software licenses usage and prove adequate compliance related to their terms and conditions. After the process is completed, your organization could obtain a Compliance Certificate related to the licenses reported usage.”
The #I’m Compliant invitation does not state that it is a license audit but, in effect, it is.
If you accept the invitation and participate you will be asked to complete a license Deployment Report and instructions on how to extract the required data from your VMware installations.
You will also be required to complete a Certificate of VMware Software License Deployment declaring that your completed license Deployment Report is an accurate report of the VMware software licenses you have deployed.
Note: The VMware EULA states that “During the License Term for Software and for two (2) years after its expiration or termination, You will maintain accurate records of Your use of the Software sufficient to show compliance with the terms of this EULA. During this period, VMware will have the right to audit your use of the Software to confirm compliance with the terms of this EULA.”
The SAM Club has come across many real world scenarios that have caused licensing issues and EULA breaches, including:-
- Licences purchased in one country and installed outside the permitted country/region
- Mixed support levels on VMware installations on a host machine often as a result of splitting, merging or reallocating licenses
- The use of mixed OEM and channel licenses
- Multiple installations using the same license key
- Installations using the wrong license key
- Wrong licenses upgraded by VMware in response to Upgrade Orders
- Licenses missing from VMware’s own Installed Base Report (IBR) even though they are on the customer’s MyVMware portal
Please contact The SAM Club at firstname.lastname@example.org if we might help you with any type of VMware audit, your VMware Licensing & Support and managing your MyVMware portal.
For our client’s that have an on-going Service Agreement with The SAM Club we include the above in our standard service.