I purchased an ROK version of Server Essentials 2012 from branded by Lenovo and have installed it. I have a BDR (Backup Disaster Recovery) server attached that is taking multiple daily backup snapshots of the Essentials 2012 server. The BDR can also
be virtualized as the Essentials 2012 server if needed.
Here's my concern:
If I need to virtualize the Essentials Server using the BDR, I imagine it will ask for immediate re-activation of Essentials 2012 being that it is on different hardware. Being that the version of Essentials 2012 is ROK, how will I get the activation
key? Will Microsoft give me a temporary activation key if the Essentials 2012 operating system is ROK software branded by Lenovo and not Microsoft Volume Licensing?
Licensing questions are best asked of a trained Microsoft licensing expert - www.microsoft.com/licensing.
I've been working with Windows Server for a long time and have never heard of ROK. That's another reason to ask a licensing specialist. Even people with lots of experience may have zero experience with whatever ROK is.
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