Server 2008 R2 activation key used on two servers

Posted on 2010-11-15
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Ok I know this is a strange question but never the less I hope someone has got an answer :-)

This has nothing to do with piracy!

My customer has two off-shore installation both with a single server 2008R2 in an completely unmanaged environment with no remote access.
I know that this is not strictly legal but the customer has purchased two OEM licenses, but the one is in backorder so he has to use the SAME key to activate both servers.
In a week he will recieve second licens and send it to the correct location.

The installation will be completely deserted for 6 month so its not an option to use a trial license.

Please dont tell me about legal licenses nor technical options!

Just tell me:

(I know that you have to dial Microsoft on the second activation but if I ask them, they just tell me this is illigal)
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by:Irwin Santos
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by:Irwin Santos
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You will eventually have to activate the server to enable all the functionality.

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well - its no problem to activate the server.
What im interested in is knowing if the second activation disables the first activation or if both servers can co exists with same key
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You won't be able to activate the 2nd server as it will reject the activation.  They will only co-exist briefly for a few days (unactivated).

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This is simply not correct!
I know for sure that if you just call Microsoft they can activate second server.
I just dont know if it will deactivate later
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by:Irwin Santos
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You stated that you are using OEM licenses.  Since you are NOT using Volume licenses, you cannot use the same key, explained here;

Futher explanation on choosing the right key;

"I know for sure that if you just call Microsoft they can activate second server."
Yes you can, but the OEM license is not the same as the volume license.  Perhaps you want to call them and ask for an exchange/upgrade path.
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by:Irwin Santos
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Here's something that you may try after installation.

This is assuming you already have the other copy of the OEM in hand.  But really, at that point, if you do get the OEM copy, then you should install off that disc and save yourself activation/installation grief.

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