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Serial number for deploying unlimited Windows Server VM on WS 2008 Datacenter edition.

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Hi Guys,

I've got a server from Dell with Windows Server 2008 Datacenter edition sticker on it and I'd like to deploy many
 Windows Server 2003-2008 VM on it, according to this article:
https://www.microsoft.com/windowsserver2008/en/us/licensing-faq.aspx#virt

we can deploy unlimited VM of any server OS version, but the question is, which serial number to use ?

in the COA there is a 2 types of key, one is physical and the other is virtual, and i don't think that the virtual key is compatible with the Windows Server 2003.

Any kind of help would be appreciated.

Thanks.

 
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You need to use the activiation key for the version of Windows you are installing. If you log on to the Windows Volume License Service Centre you'll see all the licenses and keys you are entitled to. Hopefully there should be VLK's for 2000 and 20003 and MAK/KMS for 2008, there should also be iso's for all.
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And as you have a copy of Datacentre edition you should have access to the VLC right ?
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If you have Windows 2008 Datacenter you should have a Volume Licensing where you can download the license key and software for Windows 2003 server and all other versions. You would need to register your license on Volume license website to download.
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I was thinking to setup KMS and reuse any server OS serial number as long as there is Datacenter 2008 license on the host to cover it up. cmiiw ? I'm confused here.
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For you to install Windows 2003 server you must have the correct license key and software so you need to register your DataCenter edition with Volume licensing so you can do that.

http://www.microsoft.com/licensing/existing-customers/windows-activation-faq.aspx
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I was thinking to setup KMS and reuse any server OS serial number as long as there is Datacenter 2008 license on the host to cover it up. cmiiw ? I'm confused here.

The KMS will be used to activate other copies of 2008 class OS's - you will still need to set this up and the information you need is probably in the volume licensing website at MS.. either way you should be able to register there, if you have issues i suggest speaking to your OEM who can advise...
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thanks guys
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