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This copy of windows is not genuine - Windows 2008

I am moving around a few Windows 2008 virtual machines which have all been properly licensed and activated. Once I moved them from one physical server to another, they developed this problem of firstly asking me to activate again, then after the activation, it says "This copy of Windows is not genuine."

What's the problem here?
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woolnoirCommented:
Thats a common complaint and is why that a lot of enterprise class virtualisation uses volume licensing, either using windows 2008 Datacentre edition (which includes VM licensing) or using an internal KMS for quicker activation. See the attached guide for more info on the activation methods you can use... plus hints for VM & dev environments.

http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/dd981009.aspx

There isn't much that can be done to fix it really, since moving VM's between hosts can often trigger a device re-detect etc, and thats enough to trip the activation.
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woolnoirCommented:
The not genuine message can be a result of to many activations (or attempted simultaneous activation) on multiple machines. How are your VM os's licensed ?
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PaperTigerAuthor Commented:
all through OPEN license.

Also, it's impossible to track on Open license site which machine is using which Product Key.
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Lee W, MVPTechnology and Business Process AdvisorCommented:
I would say call Microsoft - this is a licensing issue and if you have an open license that this is happening to you with, they should be able to help you resolve the issue.  
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PaperTigerAuthor Commented:
Microsoft? They told to pound sand.
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Lee W, MVPTechnology and Business Process AdvisorCommented:
I'm CERTAIN they didn't say that.  And if they did say something to the effect of you're out of luck, then there must be a serious question about your entitlement to the license.  In which case, we cannot further help you since we cannot help you violate licensing.
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woolnoirCommented:
If you have a OPEN agreement with Microsoft then i agree 100% that they wouldn't give you that type of response. If you are a corporate customer their CS is generally v.good.

What exactly did they tell you to do ?
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PaperTigerAuthor Commented:
I will call them again.
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woolnoirCommented:
Did you have any luck with this one ? Might be worth closing and awarding points if so ?
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Darius GhassemCommented:
This question has been classified as abandoned and is being closed as part of the Cleanup Program.  See my comment at the end of the question for more details.
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