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Hi there,

I have a server with Windows 2003 Std OEM. I wish to convert the the OS to a VMware virtual server, hosted on the same PC.

Could I get any legal issues?

It would be nice if you could also provide me with ref. links.

Thanks,
Rene
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Please note that the license type you have for your install of windows was designed to request a new license when hardware changed. Your VM was originally using the underlying hardware for where workstation was installed and is not using the underlying hardware of your ESX server. As a result windows wants you to reactivate your license. If we provide you with a method to avoid that, we are in fact assisting you in breaking that license agreement.

What you want is a Volume License. Or simply contact Microsoft (explain its simply a ghost restore to another physical machine) and see if you can get them to reactivate your OS.


http://vmware.com/pdf/VMware_Converter_manual302.pdf (Page 11)

NOTE You cannot move OEM media between physical machines. The license is attached to the server when
purchased from the OEM and cannot be reassigned. Only Retail and Volume Licenses can be reassigned to
new physical servers. If you migrate an OEM image, you need a Windows Server Enterprise or Datacenter
Edition license on the ESX Server to run multiple virtual machines
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Thanks mail2vijay1982,

That's what I was afraid of.

Thanks for helping,
Rene
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