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  • Question

  • Hi, all

    We have a situation where we probably will need to uninstall (and format the hard drive) an activated Win 2008 R2, install it on a different hardware.

    My question is if the license can be used again on the new hardware.

    Thank you in advance.

    Thursday, June 16, 2011 6:54 PM

Answers

  • yes, it can be resued provided you have volume license or open license. OEM license cannnot be used install on other server
    Thanks Uday Kiran,
    Senior Consultant

    Cyquent Technology Consultants, Dubai

    Please Mark as answer if it helps you
    Thursday, June 16, 2011 7:41 PM
  • Hello,

    you can use it on another server without problems. If there is activation problems then contact Microsoft Technical Support in your country to check that with them.

    Personally, I don't know if there OEM licenses for 2008 R2 but if it exists like Uday mentioned, you may have problems when installing it on another server. In this case, you have to check that with your manufacturer Technical Support.

    If it is OEM and you install it on the same server then you can proceed without problems.

    Are you going to install it on the same server? If yes, why?

     


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    Microsoft Student Partner 2010 / 2011
    Microsoft Certified Professional
    Microsoft Certified Systems Administrator: Security
    Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer: Security
    Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist: Windows Server 2008 Active Directory, Configuration
    Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist: Windows Server 2008 Network Infrastructure, Configuration
    Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist: Windows Server 2008 Applications Infrastructure, Configuration
    Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist: Windows 7, Configuring
    Microsoft Certified IT Professional: Enterprise Administrator

     

    Thursday, June 16, 2011 8:47 PM
  • Hi,

     

    The re-activation issue occurs because the system hardware environment has been dramatically changed. During the first activation procedure, the Server system will record the current system configuration such as model of CPU, Motherboard, etc. If the current hardware change exceed an allowed situation, it will trigger the re-activation of the Operating System. This feature is designed to protect an activated Operating System from being cloned from one computer to another computer which doesn't comply with the EULA (End User License Agreement) of the Microsoft Windows Operating System. When trying to re-activate online, if the Product Key of the current system has already been registered, it is normal to receive the message that the Product Key is in use. At this point, we will need to re-activate the system via the Automatic Phone Activation System.

     

    You can re-activate Windows Server manually by phone using either of the following methods:

     

    Method 1:

     

    1. Click the Start button, type "SLUI.EXE" (without the quotation marks) in the search box, and press Enter.

    2. When prompted for administrative privileges, click on Allow.

    3. Click on Activate Windows Online Now.

    4. After the activation fails, select "Show me other ways to activate."

    5. Choose Phone activation and follow the onscreen steps.

     

    Method 2:

     

    1. Click the Start button, type "SLUI.EXE 4" (without the quotation marks) in the search box, and press Enter.

    2. Select the nearest location, and click Next.

    3. When prompted for administrative privileges, click on Allow.

    4. Follow the onscreen steps.

     

    For more information about Windows Activation issues, please refer to:

     

    Microsoft Product Activation

    http://www.microsoft.com/piracy/activation.mspx

     

    Product Activation Facts

    http://www.microsoft.com/piracy/activation_faq.mspx

     

    Regards,


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    Friday, June 17, 2011 2:43 AM

All replies

  • yes, it can be resued provided you have volume license or open license. OEM license cannnot be used install on other server
    Thanks Uday Kiran,
    Senior Consultant

    Cyquent Technology Consultants, Dubai

    Please Mark as answer if it helps you
    Thursday, June 16, 2011 7:41 PM
  • Hello,

    you can use it on another server without problems. If there is activation problems then contact Microsoft Technical Support in your country to check that with them.

    Personally, I don't know if there OEM licenses for 2008 R2 but if it exists like Uday mentioned, you may have problems when installing it on another server. In this case, you have to check that with your manufacturer Technical Support.

    If it is OEM and you install it on the same server then you can proceed without problems.

    Are you going to install it on the same server? If yes, why?

     


    This posting is provided "AS IS" with no warranties or guarantees , and confers no rights.

    Microsoft Student Partner 2010 / 2011
    Microsoft Certified Professional
    Microsoft Certified Systems Administrator: Security
    Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer: Security
    Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist: Windows Server 2008 Active Directory, Configuration
    Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist: Windows Server 2008 Network Infrastructure, Configuration
    Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist: Windows Server 2008 Applications Infrastructure, Configuration
    Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist: Windows 7, Configuring
    Microsoft Certified IT Professional: Enterprise Administrator

     

    Thursday, June 16, 2011 8:47 PM
  • Hi,

     

    The re-activation issue occurs because the system hardware environment has been dramatically changed. During the first activation procedure, the Server system will record the current system configuration such as model of CPU, Motherboard, etc. If the current hardware change exceed an allowed situation, it will trigger the re-activation of the Operating System. This feature is designed to protect an activated Operating System from being cloned from one computer to another computer which doesn't comply with the EULA (End User License Agreement) of the Microsoft Windows Operating System. When trying to re-activate online, if the Product Key of the current system has already been registered, it is normal to receive the message that the Product Key is in use. At this point, we will need to re-activate the system via the Automatic Phone Activation System.

     

    You can re-activate Windows Server manually by phone using either of the following methods:

     

    Method 1:

     

    1. Click the Start button, type "SLUI.EXE" (without the quotation marks) in the search box, and press Enter.

    2. When prompted for administrative privileges, click on Allow.

    3. Click on Activate Windows Online Now.

    4. After the activation fails, select "Show me other ways to activate."

    5. Choose Phone activation and follow the onscreen steps.

     

    Method 2:

     

    1. Click the Start button, type "SLUI.EXE 4" (without the quotation marks) in the search box, and press Enter.

    2. Select the nearest location, and click Next.

    3. When prompted for administrative privileges, click on Allow.

    4. Follow the onscreen steps.

     

    For more information about Windows Activation issues, please refer to:

     

    Microsoft Product Activation

    http://www.microsoft.com/piracy/activation.mspx

     

    Product Activation Facts

    http://www.microsoft.com/piracy/activation_faq.mspx

     

    Regards,


    Please remember to click “Mark as Answer” on the post that helps you, and to click “Unmark as Answer” if a marked post does not actually answer your question. This can be beneficial to other community members reading the thread.
    Friday, June 17, 2011 2:43 AM