Legal Apocalypse, Administration Insanity

Does anyone read the EULA (End-user license agreement) during software installations?  I know I do not, who can?  Lawyers. 

We were just informed today that before installing any software, updates, or patches onto our desktops or servers we must have approval from our legal department.  So on patch Tuesday, I may have to wait a few weeks to get approval if the patch has a EULA thereby putting my servers in jeopardy of the legal department?

We have also heard that they would notify us of any requested changes to the EULA.  Now that is funny!  Let’s review this, an organization with around 600 employees dictating to Microsoft the wording in THEIR EULA.  Is today April 1st?  No, well then this will be interesting to say the least.  I wonder if me commenting on this might bring legal action upon me?

The IT department has just been run aground by red tape.  Enjoy!

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Florida Gator and Microsoft Data Platform MVP, Star Wars fanatic and is there anything else...oh yeah PS4! I am a geek and SQL Server DBA who dabbles with VMWare, there are other technologies greater than these? Not so fast my friend! I also love to travel to new and exotic places.

Posted on June 20, 2012, in Installation, Upgrading, Workplace and tagged . Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

  1. Good intentions by people who don’t understand the full implications of what they’re doing. I’ve seen my own corporate IT do similar stuff, and it causes an uproar. If you have a strong relationship with a VP or any senior managment anywhere – make SURE your concerns are noted in writing. Inaction could lead to legal trouble for you if you’re responsible by job description and are unable to secure the platform but don’t object to the new red tape. Speak up immediately after a change, and it’s a thousand times easier to get that changed reversed/altered. Red tape is made of concrete – it takes a while to dry.

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