As Microsoft software consumers, we understand that software audits are part of the deal. Inevitably, there will come a time when we need to prove that we have the right licensing to cover what we’re using. We know you’re not deliberately gaming the system or installing software you haven’t paid for. What you will have to watch out for, though, is compliance drift—a slow slide out of compliance as a variety of factors change. And it’s best not to wait for Microsoft to ask, cajole, or prod you to engage in a software audit. So that you can stay one step ahead of Microsoft, I’ve put together five ways to identify if you’re at risk for drifting out of compliance.