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.