I came across this Microsoft Technet article today. It’s the “Windows Vista Volume Activation 2.0 Step-By-Step Guide”. You’d think warning bells would have gone off at Microsoft when this was created. It’s a road map to designing an activation strategy and infrastructure that Microsoft’s volume costumers can use. Activation provides no benefit to the company (most large companies already have license tracking solutions) and adds another layer of complexity that will have problems. Maybe it was the mood I was in, but just the fact that this document needed to exist told me Vista activation was bad for it’s customers and caused me to laugh out loud when I saw it.