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Windows Product Key and VMware

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  • I have taken 2 windows server 2003 Standard and converted to VMware 4.0.1 machine at bootup both servers are telling me they need to be activated.  Both servers were activated before the were converted.  I have tried the Volume Licensing keys for our company and get the same error message that the product key is incorrect.  I verified the spelling it is correct I get this message number 45090.  Any ideas?
    Tuesday, November 30, 2010 4:55 PM

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  • Hi ,

    I have installed Windows Server 2003, Standard, Enterprise and R2, on VMware as well as converting over a couple of physical Win 2003 machines without a problem.  Don't recall having to reactivate the converted machines. Hmmm...  

    Make sure you have the right key for the right product.  Our company also has Volume Licensing and each server version: Standard, Enterprise, 32bit, 64bit, R2 all have different VLKs.   If you have the install media / iso images you can try a clean install on VMWare and see if it takes the your VLK.  

    I have not tried VMware 4.  But have been using Vmware 5, 6, and now 7.  You could also create a new VMware 6.5-7 compatible image using the free VMWare Player in case there is something odd about VMware 4.

    Other than that I'm out of ideas.

    Cheers,

    Joe

    Tuesday, November 30, 2010 7:46 PM
  • Hi,

     

    Yes, please call Microsoft licensing specialist at 1-800-426-9400 (select option 4), Monday through Friday, 6:00 A.M. to 5:30 P.M. (PST) to get the official answer.

     Microsoft Acts Quickly on License Reform – but only when it is in the Best Interest of the Customer... and Microsoft

    http://blogs.vmware.com/virtualreality/2009/01/microsoft-acts-quickly-on-license-reform-but-only-when-it-is-in-the-best-interest-of-the-customer-and-microsoft.html

    Wednesday, December 01, 2010 6:38 AM
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  • Hi ,

    I have installed Windows Server 2003, Standard, Enterprise and R2, on VMware as well as converting over a couple of physical Win 2003 machines without a problem.  Don't recall having to reactivate the converted machines. Hmmm...  

    Make sure you have the right key for the right product.  Our company also has Volume Licensing and each server version: Standard, Enterprise, 32bit, 64bit, R2 all have different VLKs.   If you have the install media / iso images you can try a clean install on VMWare and see if it takes the your VLK.  

    I have not tried VMware 4.  But have been using Vmware 5, 6, and now 7.  You could also create a new VMware 6.5-7 compatible image using the free VMWare Player in case there is something odd about VMware 4.

    Other than that I'm out of ideas.

    Cheers,

    Joe

    Tuesday, November 30, 2010 7:46 PM
  • Hello,

    as you are having correct licenses call Microsoft support to resolve this issue.


    Best regards Meinolf Weber Disclaimer: This posting is provided "AS IS" with no warranties or guarantees , and confers no rights.
    Tuesday, November 30, 2010 10:04 PM
  • Hi,

     

    Yes, please call Microsoft licensing specialist at 1-800-426-9400 (select option 4), Monday through Friday, 6:00 A.M. to 5:30 P.M. (PST) to get the official answer.

     Microsoft Acts Quickly on License Reform – but only when it is in the Best Interest of the Customer... and Microsoft

    http://blogs.vmware.com/virtualreality/2009/01/microsoft-acts-quickly-on-license-reform-but-only-when-it-is-in-the-best-interest-of-the-customer-and-microsoft.html

    Wednesday, December 01, 2010 6:38 AM
    Moderator