re use an OEM licence by virtualising an old 2003 Server RRS feed

  • Question

  • Is it legal to virtualise a physical windows 2003 server (OEM)? The hosting server will be legally licenced, running Hyper V.

    The original hardware will remain switched off an in my possesion.

    Likewise is it legal to virtualise old XP pcs?

    Monday, September 12, 2011 8:52 PM

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  • Sorry, doesn't look like it:

    Q: May I move an OEM license for Windows to a virtual machine?
    A: You may not transfer original equipment manufacturer (OEM) server licenses from the original computer to a different computer. Any Microsoft Windows Server license acquired preinstalled with a new computer from a computer manufacturer is tied to the computer on which the licensed software is first installed. This applies to the initial copy installed on the computer as well as any subsequent copies licensed to run with virtual machine software. However, if you have acquired Software Assurance for this preinstalled license, you receive the rights associated with the Volume License program, including license reassignment. At this point, you would be able to move that license and Software Assurance from one computer to another, including a VM.


    • Proposed as answer by Jesper Arnecke Wednesday, October 19, 2011 9:18 AM
    Tuesday, September 13, 2011 1:37 PM