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Microsoft Audit Readiness measures and Audit Defence: a survival guide
► Reacting to an audit letter
► Can Microsoft audit you?
► What are the penalties?
► How are the penalties calculated?
► Addressing legal and confidentiality issues
► Clarifying the audit scope
► Building your team
► Collecting the data
► Verifying the report
► Pushing back
► Going to the negotiation room with Microsoft
► To pay or not to pay the penalties?

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0:00 Welcome
14:30 What is a Microsoft compliance audit?
17:18 Can Microsoft audit you? What is the legal basis?
19:50 What is an audit, and what is not an audit?
23:37 What are the risks of a compliance audit?
26:59 Can you stop an audit from happening?
28:40 What time constraints are legal, and what constraints you may ignore
31:00 What are the audit penalties?
36:50 What are the confidentiality concerns? Will Microsoft see your data?
41:45 Why do Microsoft audits go wrong?
1:00:52 Mitigation measures. Audit defence and audit readiness.
1:03:24 What to do when you receive a notice letter
1:07:50 What happens when the audit starts
1:11:03 The data gathered during the audit
1:19:45 What you should do when you receive the report
1:24:10 What happens between the report and the payment of penalties
1:32:00 Why auditors don't care about your ITAM tool reports

Spread the word! Free online Microsoft License Management training course that is delivered via a video stream by experienced Microsoft Licensing and Negotiation Experts.

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Each of the 8 fortnightly live sessions will start at 2:00 PM London (9:00 AM New York, 7:30 PM Delhi) and run for approximately 2-3 hours.

After attending all 8 sessions, you will be given an opportunity to pass an exam and earn a diploma and a digital badge to add to your LinkedIn profile.

We cover core licensing principles, common mistakes, contracts, renewals, negotiations, audits.

The core aim of this course is to explain the principles of Microsoft Licensing, to give you a foundation, a playbook of Microsoft License Management, after which you'll be able to comfortably navigate one of the most complex licensing models, and progress in a career of a License Manager, Vendor Manager, Procurement Specialist.

Watch past sessions:

► Microsoft Licensing Basics, Models, Fundamentals
► Microsoft multi-year agreements explained: Enterprise Agreement, MCA (CSP), MPSA, OVS
► Microsoft Cloud licensing: Microsoft 365, Office 365, Windows 365, Azure
► Microsoft Desktop licensing (laptops etc.): on-premise, work from home, BYOD
► Microsoft Datacentre licensing (servers): on-premise, outsourced, Azure

Next sessions (little adjustments may be made depending on your feedback):

► Microsoft Negotiations: Vendor Management playbook
► Microsoft tools for Development and Test (MSDN): licensing explained

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Registration is only required to be eligible to attend the final exam and get a chance to receive a digital badge and a diploma.

Training is broadcast to YouTube for free.

Recordings will be kept public so you can watch them on-demand at your convenience.


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