On Sun, Sep 16, 2007 at 12:08:30AM +1000, Mark Andrews wrote:
interestingly, some software vendors ship w/ license
keys tied to IP addresses... particularly for enterprise
level stuff. not so easy to update in my experience.
I've always thought that practice to be STUPID. It was
stupid 15 years ago and it is still stupid today. Yes
I've had to renumber sites with keys tied to IP addresses.
stupid or not, it exists and is not ammenable to automation.
Why isn't it? It's just one more message for the management
station to push out.
David is correct, scale does have its own set of renumbering
problems. While i believe you, i think your confidence
is based on some naieve assumptions.
I'm not saying scale doesn't have problems. Automation
however is the solution to those problems. That's why
management stations were invented.
automation can augment renumbering events, but until we
have a fundamental change in architecture, renumbering will require
human intervention and will always be disruptive.
It doesn't take a change in architecture. We have the
technology today to remove the need to tie anything to specific
IP addresses. It just requires the willingness to use it.
Opinions expressed may not even be mine by the time you read them, and
certainly don't reflect those of any other entity (legal or otherwise).
Mark Andrews, ISC
1 Seymour St., Dundas Valley, NSW 2117, Australia
PHONE: +61 2 9871 4742 INTERNET: Mark_Andrews(_at_)isc(_dot_)org
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