Saturday, February 02, 2013 11:41 AM
I currently run a WDS MDT deployment system which deploys windows 7 enterprise. I have now been asked to build machines for a customer but they only have an OEM license. Is this possible? They have been using one OEM install dvd that does not prompt for a license code. Am I correct in thinking the code is stored in the bios for these oem machines? Is it possible to extract this and import it into the MDT database to automate deployment?
Thanks in advance
Sunday, February 03, 2013 7:46 AM
Sorry bad news
Recently, I was asked by one of the customer and here's the answer for it:
Please see the section in page 2.
Here's an excerpt from that:
OEM Specific Information: Organizations do not have the right to reimage by using OEM media. An OEM image can only be preloaded on a PC by the OEM during manufacturing. An image can be individually recovered by the organization (or a service provider they choose) by using the Recovery Media. The OEM recovery media should match the product version originally preinstalled on the system; no other image may be used to restore the system to its original state.
Reimaging using Volume Licensing full version media requires that customers have licensed the Windows desktop operating system either preinstalled through the OEM or as an FPP retail product. Volume Licensing customers can use their Volume Licensing media to reimage their Windows desktop operating system from an OEM only if it is the same product and version as that on the Certificate of Authenticity (COA) label that came with the PC.
This means that Enterprise cannot be Installed as OEM doesn't sell this version. Enterprise can be purchased via SA (software assurance) ONLY. But a PRO version (OEM) purchased with Hardware can be deployed via ESD with JUST ONE licenese of VL.
- Edited by Mr.Kris Sunday, February 03, 2013 7:50 AM
Monday, February 04, 2013 3:52 AM
We went through the same problem before we got our KMS and MAK keys.
In the end we just used the VL media to deploy and had to manually put the Windows key in at the end of the build to activate.
Thank god that machines that come with Windows 8 have no COA key which forced the company to finally get some decent VL keys.
I guess the above wasn't any help!
Probably against the licensing agreement but our desktop supplier provided us with basically a retail media with some script that activated the OEM side and I was able to add that to MDT but companies like Toshiba and whatnot only provide recovery images which I never had any luck with.