Solved

Server 2008 R2 activation key used on two servers

Posted on 2010-11-15
7
1,012 Views
Last Modified: 2012-05-10
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:
 IS IT TECHNICAL POSSIBLE TO HAVE TWO SERVERS RUNNING  SIMULTANEOUS WITH SAME KEY?

(I know that you have to dial Microsoft on the second activation but if I ask them, they just tell me this is illigal)
0
Comment
Question by:Ohmit
  • 5
  • 2
7 Comments
 
LVL 30

Expert Comment

by:irwinpks
ID: 34134966
No.
0
 
LVL 30

Expert Comment

by:irwinpks
ID: 34134969
You will eventually have to activate the server to enable all the functionality.
0
 

Author Comment

by:Ohmit
ID: 34135613
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
0
Does Powershell have you tied up in knots?

Managing Active Directory does not always have to be complicated.  If you are spending more time trying instead of doing, then it's time to look at something else. For nearly 20 years, AD admins around the world have used one tool for day-to-day AD management: Hyena. Discover why

 
LVL 30

Accepted Solution

by:
irwinpks earned 500 total points
ID: 34135644
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).
0
 

Author Comment

by:Ohmit
ID: 34135844
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
0
 
LVL 30

Expert Comment

by:irwinpks
ID: 34136032
You stated that you are using OEM licenses.  Since you are NOT using Volume licenses, you cannot use the same key, explained here;
http://www.microsoft.com/licensing/existing-customers/product-activation.aspx

Futher explanation on choosing the right key;
http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/ee939271.aspx

"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.
0
 
LVL 30

Expert Comment

by:irwinpks
ID: 34136282
Here's something that you may try after installation.
http://forevergeeks.com/change-product-key-on-windows-server-2008

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.
0

Featured Post

Microsoft Certification Exam 74-409

Veeam® is happy to provide the Microsoft community with a study guide prepared by MVP and MCT, Orin Thomas. This guide will take you through each of the exam objectives, helping you to prepare for and pass the examination.

Question has a verified solution.

If you are experiencing a similar issue, please ask a related question

Suggested Solutions

If you migrate a Terminal Server licenses server inside the 2008 server family, you can takte advantage of the build-in migration tool. If you like to migrate an older 2003 Server (and the installed client CALs) to a 2008 R2 server for example, you …
New Windows 7 Installations take days for Windows-Updates to show up and install. This can easily be fixed. I have finally decided to write an article because this seems to get asked several times a day lately. This Article and the Links apply to…
This tutorial will show how to push an installation of Backup Exec to an additional server in both 2012 and 2014 versions of the software. Click on the Backup Exec button in the upper left corner. From here, select Installation and Licensing, then I…
This tutorial will show how to configure a single USB drive with a separate folder for each day of the week. This will allow each of the backups to be kept separate preventing the previous day’s backup from being overwritten. The USB drive must be s…

772 members asked questions and received personalized solutions in the past 7 days.

Join the community of 500,000 technology professionals and ask your questions.

Join & Ask a Question