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Move VM from Windows Server 2012 Hyper-v to Proxmox or other hypervisor RRS feed

  • Question

  • Hello!

    We have Dell server which was purchased with Windows Server 2012 Standard OEM license. Server runs VM with Windows Server 2008R2. Host and Guest servers are activated. We need to move to other Hypervisor (eg ESXI or Proxmox) on the same host, but we want to preserves product license!

    Could we read product key inside the VM and use it on the other Hypervisor? other suggestions?

    Thanks in advance!

    Tuesday, October 8, 2019 10:45 AM

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  • The OEM is bound under contract with microsoft to provide support for the products they sell. I'd ask Dell about this. If it were a retail or volume license then it would be fine to do, you would simply use the same host product key to activate guests. In your case it may be possible to use same downgrade key for the 2008 guest.

    If you don't know the product key used this self contained tool may help.

    https://www.nirsoft.net/utils/product_cd_key_viewer.html

     

     



    Regards, Dave Patrick ....
    Microsoft Certified Professional
    Microsoft MVP [Windows Server] Datacenter Management

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    Tuesday, October 8, 2019 12:56 PM
  • Agree with Dave that you need to talk with the OEM about what their license allows; should be okay, but the OEM needs to tell you.

    Remember that Microsoft licenses the physical host, so the hypervisor does not make any difference for licensing a system.  You will definitely need to reactivate when you move to a different hypervisor.  If you try to convert the VM to a different hypervisor (not recommended), the VM will see new hardware which will make the VM think it is on a different host, therefore needing activation.  The recommended way is to build a new VM, which will also require reactivating.


    tim

    Tuesday, October 8, 2019 4:08 PM
  • Hi,

    Thanks for posting in our forum!

    >>Could we read product key inside the VM and use it on the other Hypervisor? other suggestions?

    Besides Dave's and Tim's suggestions, you can also contact Microsoft representative here.

    https://www.microsoft.com/licensing/servicecenter/Help/Contact.aspx

    Hope this can help you.

    Best Regards,

    Daniel


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    Wednesday, October 9, 2019 8:05 AM
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  • Hi,
    Just want to confirm the current situations.
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    Best Regards,
    Daniel

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    Friday, October 11, 2019 8:12 AM
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  • Hi,
    This is Daniel and wish you all the best!
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    Monday, October 14, 2019 2:23 AM
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