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If there is any part of being an IT professional that I actively dislike it is the need to know the intricacies of how various vendors license their software products. As bad as it was when I was a “Geek of Many Hats” back when I used to work in the SMB space, believe me or not its even worse in the Service Provider space. This is because when I typically have to get involved with licensing questions or tasks it’s because something has gone sideways for a customer organization or they are wanting to do “creative” things with their licensing dollars. I get it, I really do, I used to be there and you have to get as much out of every budget dollar you possibly can because with “Enterprise IT” at any scale those licensing spends usually equate to efficencies or compliance check boxes, not products sold on a linear line like it is in other scenarios.
That said today I have the joy of trying to clean up after a human error situation with Veeam Backup for O365. Now while many of you may know and/or love this product in a one off scenario where the
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