Windows Activation when P2V Wmware


I have just read a boatload of material surrounding this issue of trying to P2V an OEM server. Everything to violating EULA's, wierd workarounds, repairing the OS etc...It all sounds really bleak.

Bascially money isn't an issue for this. I am more than happy to pay for the operating systems - I just want a way to do this that doesn't involve reinstalling a new os and having to remigrate all of the software/databases/information/scripts/confiuations....everything under the sun....

How can I accomplish this? Is there a way I can just buy VL keys, somehow activate them on the oem machines, and then P2V the darn things. I don't wan't to run in circles here, I would like to keep the OEM versions on the physical boxes anyway as I can find a use for them. I just don't want to have to re-install everthing here.

I am just looking for an everyone wins situation - VMware gets my business, Microsoft gets my business, I don't have to put in a billion hours reinstalling everything....I guess more over I don't want an everyone wins but me:)

If I was the one that purchased the servers...I would have never bought OEM...

Thanks for your Help
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Paul SolovyovskySenior IT AdvisorCommented:
I have done this a few hundred times at least.  

You don't have to re-install the OS, just repair it with a Retail or Volume License Disk and License.  After P2V mount a VLK or retail CD or ISO, boot up from it and do a repair.  Once repair is done you should be ok.  Usually takes less then 20 min.

This is the downside of buying OEM licensing since you can't upgrade it or move it from server to server or workstation to workstation.
badgermikeAuthor Commented:
Thanks, That was a big help - It gets frustrating when you read into the wee hours of night.
Paul SolovyovskySenior IT AdvisorCommented:
Just remember to shutdown all hardware specific services and remove hardware specific applications once you're P2V'd.  Since P2V doesn't affect the source computer you may do a trial run once you're ready to go, with VLK you can activate several times since you're doing in for the same system you may need to call and get the activation ID the second time but that's all

I do a good bit of consulting, if you run into any issues my email addy is in my profile
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