Licenses Hyper-V virtual OSEs
OK, here's my understanding:
1. Using Microsoft Windows Server 2008 Data Centre Edition you can have unlimited virtual OSEs installed
2. Whilst you have to provide a product key, you DO NOT need to purchase a license
3. On the CD that came with DC, it has a Product Key and the Virtual Key
4. I can install any version of Windows Server below the DC version, e.g. W2k, W2003 and W2008 standard and enterprise editions
So, what's my problem? Well, I've installed my copy of W2008 Data Centre and activated and validated my product key - no problems there.
I've set up Hyper-V and installed a number of virtual servers, again no problem, even setting up the networking and resillience etc, worked like a dream, but where I do have a problem is activating my virtual OSEs.
I've tried the virtual key code from the CD, I've tried the product code, I've tried the command line util and automated phone service. I've tried calling the number provided on various forums but they tell me as I'm not a VOlume License Holder, they can't help.
I've been passed from pillar to post in MS talking to people who just have no idea what I'm talking about when I explain I have Data Centre edition and want to license my virtual OSEs.
I've spoken to the retailer that sold me the software, they're worse than any of them.
What am I doing wrong?
PS. The only other thing is, do i need to get downgrade rights or product set? If so, where from?