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A couple of things that could be of help here. Some is clearing up misinformation and others are just ways the product work and new features that will help you overcome those limitations.
First, lets discuss the Agent Results showing in 9.0. So as a scan record of its own on the left navigation and under Manage Items, that is correct, BUT from the Machine View you can see the latest result for any machine. Also in reports if you do a report on the latest result you would get the Agentless or Agent result whichever was latest. Agent results are still very much in the console so, out of context, I believe you were miss informed. I would need see details of that conversation to understand where you may have been steered wrong.
Second, agent expiration. Our agent is setup to be on a 45 day schedule for its license lease. As long as it checks-in successfully even once in that 45 day period it renews its license. In 9.0 if you go beyond that 45 day limit the agent should stay installed for an additional 90 days and still check-in periodically. If it comes back on network and checks in before the 45 + 90 day timeframe and your console has a seat lease available the agent would resume. IF you exceed the 45 + 90 days the agent would uninstall itself.
We have a new feature in Protect 9.0 called the Cloud Agent. This gives you the ability to register your Protect Console in the ProtectCloud (hosted by Shavlik) and then you check a box in your agent policy to allow any agents under that policy to check-in through the cloud. The process would take you all of about 5 minutes to configure and you now have secure communication between Agent and Console from anywhere they can get a Internet connection without opening additional ports on your agent or network firewall. The communication and results are all encrypted and the ProtectCloud cannot decrypt any policy or result. So, unless you shut down a machine and put it in a closet for 135 days you have the ability to ensure that the issue you spoke of would never happen again.
Let me know if you have any questions regarding this. I would be more than happy to discuss this with you further to ensure you are satisfied. We have a lot of customers who are equally concerned about relinquishing agent licenses in a reasonable timeframe as we have customers who need to ensure their agents stay licensed and functional in the field for prolonged periods of time. We always try to balance that out to the best of our ability.
Shavlik Protect Team, LANDESK