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  • Hi

    We are switching our six regular training PC's to thin clients. The thin clients will connect to six VM's running Windows 7 on XenServer 6.2. We make snapshots which we will use to revert the VM after a training session (in case users mess too much with their desktop). These VM's are created from a snapshot from the base VM making them linked clones. When the training software needs to be updated, we will only update the base image, create a snapshot and then deploy six new VM's from that snapshot after deleting the previous VM's. 

    My problem is the activation state of these VM's. Is there a way to activate the newly created VM's again without depleting our MAK count? This also goes for the Office 2010 on the VM's. 

    Thanks in advance


    • Edited by fluums Wednesday, November 27, 2013 9:52 AM
    Wednesday, November 27, 2013 9:48 AM

Answers

  • Hi,

    This may not be accomplished.

    If you redeploy the image, the SID for the computer will be changed.

    We need the MAK key to consume an count to reactivate the computer.

    Hope this helps,


    Ada Liu
    TechNet Community Support

    Wednesday, December 11, 2013 6:41 AM

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  • IMHO all running instances of operating system should be licensed.

    Regards

    Milos

    Wednesday, November 27, 2013 9:57 AM
  • Thank you for your quick reply. 

    I want them to be licensed but I think it is too much of a waste to keep activating them with a new license thus depleting our MAK since the VM's will only be running for a few months before deleting them and placing new ones.
    The new ones will be exactly the same with the exception of our training software that is updated. 

    Is there a way so that I can "transfer" the activation to the new VM? 


    Wednesday, November 27, 2013 10:11 AM
  • Hi,

    This may not be accomplished.

    If you redeploy the image, the SID for the computer will be changed.

    We need the MAK key to consume an count to reactivate the computer.

    Hope this helps,


    Ada Liu
    TechNet Community Support

    Wednesday, December 11, 2013 6:41 AM