Friday, May 11, 2012 8:38 PM
I have read on various forums on the web that if you wish to save a sysprepped image and deploy it to multiple machines using WDS, then you must possess at least one Volume License of the OS you wish to install.
Now, what if I did not plan on using WDS? What if I wanted to create an image, sysprep it and make my own installation DVD from it? Do I still need to obtain a volume license?
If I DO need a volume license, how can a home user like myself obtain one? Does anyone have the appropriate Microsoft part number for a Windows 7 Pro x64 Volume License?
All help and input is appreciated.
- Edited by waqqas31 Friday, May 11, 2012 8:39 PM
Saturday, May 12, 2012 6:18 AM
I strongly recommend you appropriate forum on WDS here
Thank you for understanding
Tuesday, May 15, 2012 7:02 AMModerator
Do not need to input a key. You can input the key manually after the installation finishes.
You can install WAIK and make the image with it.
Walkthrough: Build a Simple Answer File
ALso You can input your own key in the unattended.xml file. However I do not recommend that you put your key into the answer file because if the DVD is lost your key may be lost.
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Tuesday, May 15, 2012 9:17 PM
Thanks, Milos and Arthur, but I believe you misunderstood my question.
As the thread title suggests, my question is about licensing and not technical how-to.
I managed to reach a knowledgeable representative at Microsoft Volume Licensing and he explained the details I needed to know.
So here it is:
Is the Sysprep tool included with every instance of Windows 7 Professional, Ultimate and Enterprise? Yes.
Does that mean if I install any of those editions, I can use Sysprep as I wish? No.
For what purposes CAN any user use Sysprep? For backup purposes only.
Can I use Sysprep to create an image, such that I can create installation media from it? No.
Can I use Sysprep to create an image, such that I can upload it to WDS? No.
How then can I be allowed to create images of my Windows 7 Professional, Ultimate or Enterprise installation? You need to possess a Volume License of the exact edition you wish to take an image of. (As far as I know, you can only purchase a MOLP [Microsoft Open License] of Windows 7 Professional. You can get W7 Enterprise if you subscribe to Software Assurance.)
How do I get a Volume License for Windows 7? You need to go through a Microsoft Reseller or Partner.
So I just purchase a Volume License for Windows 7 Professional and I'm good to go? Not so fast. To purchase Volume Licenses, you have to purchase at least 5 licenses. They can be any 5 licenses, however, so you could even purchase 1 Windows 7 Professional upgrade volume license and 4 user CALs for Windows Server. The only Windows 7 licenses available through Volume Licensing are "Upgrade" licenses, so your target computers need to have a qualifying pre-requisite OS. Mind you, for VL, that includes XP Pro (not true for retail/OEM). VL upgrade path for W7: http://www.microsoft.com/licensing/about-licensing/windows7.aspx#tab=4
- Marked As Answer by waqqas31 Friday, June 08, 2012 2:45 AM