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Win2K3r2 oem installation, p2v, to VL

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  • I would like to know the official and legal way to change a windows server 2003 r2 standard 32bit SP2 oem to a VL type installation of windows server 2003 r2.

    Using Disk2VHD I will have to virtualize a windows server 2003 r2 standard 32bit SP2 oem installation on a windows hyperv server 2008 r2.  Since it was oem version I bought a VL for that server.  Of course if you boot that vm , you will be ask to activation and since the HAL has changed, it's normal.  Microsoft won't help for OEM activation.  How do I convert my install ?

     

    from what I've read over the net here is two scenario

     

    physical installation is available

    p2v is available

     

    option 1: I've read I can use a Windows server 2003 standard 32 bit VL media and put it in my physical installation and run the installation in the GUI and then put my key in, few reboot and I will be fine to re-do a p2v of this server

    option 2: I've also read I can use the VM to boot on the windows server 2003 standard 32 bit VL media and have a repair installation, put my VL key in, and let the vm boot.  and then if the nic isn't already detected, I will be able to activate via phone with microsoft, since it's VL.

     

    am I correct ?

     

    Wednesday, October 06, 2010 1:45 PM

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  • Hi,

    yes, you are right, both options are correct.

    HTH


    Edoardo Benussi - Microsoft® MVP
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    Windows Server Italian Forum Moderator
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    Wednesday, October 06, 2010 2:35 PM
  • Can you supply some documentation - support article or other written instructions from Microsoft on how to do this? I have a similar situation with a Windows 2003 Standard installation, where I did a p2v virtualization using VMWare ESXi. I didn't know the license was OEM when I did the virtualization, and now I'm faced with a machine that I can't activate. I was planning at this point to create a new VM from scratch using a volume license and then do a restore from a backup of the old server. If I can avoid that, and simply change the OEM license to a volume license, I would be thrilled, but I haven't seen any posts or instructions anywhere telling me that I can do that, or how to do it.
    Deb
    Wednesday, October 06, 2010 2:45 PM
  • read this thread

    http://www.eggheadcafe.com/software/aspnet/30104567/server-2003-sp1-oem--r2-vlk.aspx

     


    Edoardo Benussi - Microsoft® MVP
    Management Infrastructure - Systems Administration
    https://mvp.support.microsoft.com/Profile/Benussi
    Windows Server Italian Forum Moderator
    edo[at]mvps[dot]org
    Wednesday, October 06, 2010 3:22 PM
  • Thanks, Eduardo, that gives me the information I needed.
    Deb
    Wednesday, October 06, 2010 4:53 PM
  • thanks for the answers !

     

    however I may prefer to use this scenario

     

    http://support.microsoft.com/kb/328874/

     

    I have to keep windows as clean as possible (from the original installation)

     

    so I want to change the product key on the existing physical machine, and activate, and do a p2v if the machine is ok.

     

    how many times I can active a windows 2003 server standard VL ?

    Tuesday, October 19, 2010 5:44 PM
  • Hi,

    I suggest you to read FAQs on volume license that you can find here

    http://www.microsoft.com/licensing/existing-customers/product-activation-faq.aspx

    HTH


    Edoardo Benussi - Microsoft® MVP
    Management Infrastructure - Systems Administration
    https://mvp.support.microsoft.com/Profile/Benussi
    Windows Server Italian Forum Moderator
    edo[at]mvps[dot]org
    • Proposed as answer by Edoardo BenussiMVP Wednesday, October 20, 2010 10:18 AM
    • Unproposed as answer by mlebeau Wednesday, October 20, 2010 11:59 AM
    Wednesday, October 20, 2010 10:18 AM
  • the link provided don't answer my last question

    Wednesday, October 20, 2010 12:01 PM
  • Volume license keys can be used to activate multiple installations of the software without any mechanism (such as a product activation mechanism) checking the total number of installations. The license for the software will place restrictions on the use of the key. Typically the license will limit the key to a fixed number of installations which must only be within the licensee's organisation and also place the licensee under an obligation to keep a record of the number of installations, keep the key confidential and possibly even require that the licensee organisation makes itself available for a software licensing audit to verify that its use of the key is within the terms of the license. If a volume license key becomes known and used outside of the organisation it is licensed to then this is regarded as software piracy.<sup class="Template-Fact" style="white-space: nowrap;" title="This claim needs references to reliable sources from May 2010">[</sup>

    <sup class="Template-Fact" style="white-space: nowrap;" title="This claim needs references to reliable sources from May 2010">ref: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Volume_license_key</sup>


    Edoardo Benussi - Microsoft® MVP
    Management Infrastructure - Systems Administration
    https://mvp.support.microsoft.com/Profile/Benussi
    Windows Server Italian Forum Moderator
    edo[at]mvps[dot]org
    Wednesday, October 20, 2010 12:18 PM
  • I finaly found a # for the VL activation center

     

    how can I be sure I will be able to to change a OEM activated installation to a VL activated installation using http://support.microsoft.com/kb/328874/ ?

     

    since VL activation give me the right to activate as much as I want I can test that feature on a test PC , what do you think of that ?

    Wednesday, October 20, 2010 2:53 PM
  • Hello mlebeau,

    The Warning at the beginning of article states that this article only applies to Volume License media

    "The steps in the article are effective only on Volume License media. If you try these steps on OEM media or on retail media, you will not change the product key. "

    The steps do not allow to change from OEM to Volume, the steps in the article only apply when changing out a Volume License product key to another volume license product key.  Oem media is different than Volume media so the same keys cannot be used.

    Thanks, Darrell Gorter This posting is provided "AS IS" with no warranties, and confers no rights. VAMT - Volume Activation Management Tool - Download link http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=ec7156d2-2864-49ee-bfcb-777b898ad582&displaylang=en
    Wednesday, October 20, 2010 8:42 PM