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Windows Server 2003 OEM to Volume license

Last Modified: 2012-05-10
Good afternoon,

I am in the process of virtualizing 20 dell OEM licensed Windows Server 2003 servers to a vmware environment.  We purchased the volume licneses for the servers and I need to convert the OEM licensed installations to OEM so that it is compliant.

To my understanding, to perform this upgrade, I need to boot from the CD and perform a repair install.  i found that it also gave me the option to perform an upgrade from within Windows after the server has been virtualized.  Is there any difference if i start the process from within Windows after the P2V or by booting to the CD within the VM?

i dont want to make any changes to the physical machine so i am performing these steps after the P2V has  completed.  I also found that after the hardware changes have been detected, on the first server that we have tried so far it did not ask to be reactivated.

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