VMware, Windows 2003 licensing issue

Posted on 2007-08-01
Last Modified: 2010-04-18

I've just setup a new IBM x3755 with VMware ESX server. With the purchase we bought Windows 2003 Enterprise (comes with 25 CALs). My question is, is it legal for me to use this same cd for multiple virtual machines?

Question by:dkattan
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    Accepted Solution

    No. You need a separate server License with it's own CD-Key. The Cal's are for the Clients.
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    by:Toni Uranjek

    If your OS is OEM, then no. However, if you have enrolled this license in the Microsoft Volume License agreement and purchased Software Assurance for this preinstalled license within 90 days of the original purchase, you receive the benefits, including license reassignment, associated with the Volume License program. You can then move that license from one computer to another, including to a virtual machine.

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