Tuesday, November 13, 2012 11:18 AM
Hi, we have upgraded our server from Windows Server 2008 Enterprise to Windows Server 2012.
Our problem is that this server was used for Hyper-V machines and now, windows server 2012 Standard only supports 2 VM.
We have a Datacenter Key but when we use the new license key it says that we have to use an Standard key not a datacenter. Do we need to reinstall windows 2012 using a datacenter key from the begining?Can we make any kind of license upgrade?
Thanks in advance!
Tuesday, November 13, 2012 2:35 PMLicenses are paper transactions. You can assign the Datacenter license to the physical box in your paperwork that says which licenses are assigned to which pieces of hardware. You can then use the SE license on another system. You bits are exactly the same, except for checking for the license key, so you really don't have to reinstall - you would get the same capabilities. You will just need to keep track of the fact that what you have installed is SE, even though you have it licensed for DE.
- Marked As Answer by Arthur_LiMicrosoft Contingent Staff, Moderator Tuesday, January 08, 2013 4:41 AM
Tuesday, November 13, 2012 3:52 PM
I'm afraid that this is not true (or not totally true). When I use datacenter key for activation, first I get a message that says that this key is correct, but the another message says that this is not the properly license for this edition, and that i must use windows setup (a reinstallation as I have seen) or a Standar license. Unfortunatety I haven't the message image just now but that is the message (more or less).
Thanks for your comment
Tuesday, November 13, 2012 5:43 PM
no the installation is not the same. You cannot assigna DC license to a std server. You have to reinstall.
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- Proposed As Answer by buenoflex Tuesday, November 13, 2012 5:43 PM
Friday, November 16, 2012 7:24 PMYess , you need to reinstall windows.
- Proposed As Answer by Kareem Behery Friday, November 16, 2012 7:25 PM
Friday, November 16, 2012 8:23 PM
You misunderstood what I am saying. You already have Standard installed on the box and used its activation key. You cannot use the Datacenter activation key on Standard. I am not saying that you can use the Datacenter key on a Standard install to 'upgrade' it to Datacenter. What I am saying is that licenses are not 'installed'. Operating systems are installed. If licenses had to be installed, how would VMware users install the license on ESXi? They don't. They simply use a spreadsheet or some other method like that to keep track of which licenses have been assigned to which physical machines.
So, you can easily assign (paper transaction) the Datacenter license to the Windows Server Standard installation in order to obtain the virtualization rights (unlimited instances of Windows Server) granted by the Datacenter license. One of the rights of the Datacenter license is the ability to install any down-level edition or version of Windows Server. You have installed Standard on your box. No problem. There is no feature loss by running standard.
Licenses can be reassigned to different systems once every 90 days. This is been standard operating procedure for Windows since it was first released.
There is no need to reinstall the system unless you actually want to go through the steps to do that.