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2024 VMware Audit Guide: Top 5 Risks and How to Prepare

Understanding the VMware Audit: A VMware audit, overseen by the Global License Advisory Services, is a detailed examination aimed at ensuring adherence to VMware's licensing agreements. This structured process includes stages like notification, data collection and analysis, and finally, license reconciliation.


Audit Journey: The audit trail begins with an official notification and an introductory discussion to lay out the audit's roadmap. It progresses with the collection of data via manual inputs and automated tools, leading to the analysis and validation of this data to establish an Effective License Position (ELP). The process concludes with a comprehensive report and resolution of any discrepancies.


Frequent Compliance Hurdles: VMware audits often reveal common pitfalls such as territory restrictions, mismatched support levels, hosting constraints, deployment errors, accidental software upgrades, and neglect of regular license reviews. Awareness of these challenges is crucial for a smooth audit experience.

A VMware Audit unfolds through a series of predefined steps, starting with an official notification and progressing through data collection, review, validation, and culminating in license reconciliation. This process is designed to ensure that customers comply with the terms and conditions of VMware’s software licensing.


The Path through a VMware Audit


  • Initiation: A Software and Support Review Notification letter marks the beginning of the audit process, outlining the procedure and setting the timeline.

  • Kick-off Call: This initial discussion with the auditing team sets the stage, detailing the review process, information gathering methods, and validation approaches.

  • Data Compilation: Gathering audit data is a collaborative effort involving manual feedback and automated tool outputs to provide a comprehensive view of VMware product usage.

  • Analyzing Data: The audit team meticulously reviews and validates the collected data to draft an Effective License Position (ELP), seeking further clarification through follow-ups if necessary.

  • Final Reconciliation: A detailed compliance report is shared for review, leading to a discussion on any unresolved issues and finalizing the audit findings.

Pre-Audit Preparation


Effective preparation is your best defense against potential audit risks. Familiarizing yourself with VMware's licensing terms, understanding your deployments, and grasping the audit process can significantly mitigate the risk of non-compliance.


Navigating Common VMware Audit Risks


From territory restrictions and inconsistent support levels to unintended software upgrades, VMware audits can uncover various compliance issues. Awareness and understanding of these potential pitfalls are essential for navigating the audit process successfully.


Licenses and the MyVMware Portal


Proper license management within the MyVMware portal is pivotal. Organizing licenses by region or country and maintaining detailed records can help ensure compliance and streamline the audit process.


Ready for a VMware Audit? Let SCG Assist


Facing a VMware audit can be daunting, but with SCG’s expertise, you can navigate the process confidently. From understanding the audit's intricacies to preparing for potential compliance risks, SCG is here to guide you every step of the way.


Contact us to learn how we can help you prepare for and successfully manage your VMware audit, ensuring your organization remains compliant and ready for 2024 and beyond.


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