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Microsoft OEM Licensing on a Retail or a Volume License

I have a server with an OEM installation of Windows Small Business Server 2003. I need to image this server and restore it on a new server. What options do I have with the OEM license? Can I purchase a retail or volume license to activate the OEM license on a new server? Is there any option other than reinstalling the operating system from scratch?
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ittogoCommented:
Legally you can only use the license on that server, or possibly on a server from the same company.  You can not legally transfer the license to a server from a different vendor.
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Glen KnightCommented:
OEM license belongs to the hardware I was purchased with.  It cannot be transferred to other hardware.

If you want to do this you will need to buy a retail or volume license/open license
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Glen KnightCommented:
>>>or possibly on a server from the same company

This is wrong.  OEM software lives and dies on the hardware it was supplied with.
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Hypercat (Deb)Commented:
You will need to purchase a retail license. There is, however, a way to change the OS license from OEM to retail/volume license key after restoring the image:

http://www.winvistatips.com/change-licence-key-oem-vlk-t773740.html

Give this method a try - it worked for me on a physical-to-virtual conversion, but I don't see why it wouldn't work in your scenario as well.
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Lee W, MVPTechnology and Business Process AdvisorCommented:
You cannot change the license without buying a new one.

SBS 2003 is no longer sold.  You MAY be able to locate a copy (if you trust the vendors) of SBS 2003 retail.  Right now, that is your only option.  SBS Volume Licenses permit downgrades to the previous version - but NOT the previous two versions... So purchasing SBS today through volume License gets you SBS 2011, which you CAN downgrade to 2008, but you CANNOT downgrade to 2003 R2 or 2003.
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Lee W, MVPTechnology and Business Process AdvisorCommented:
To clarify hypercat's comments - you CANNOT change the License without buying a new license.  HOWEVER, you CAN use the procedures (if they work) once you have a new license and the appropriate media.
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DatastreamtmAuthor Commented:
Ok so We would have to buy a new license to acutually use our virtualized os correct?
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Hypercat (Deb)Commented:
Yes, that is correct. As leew said, my method may work, but it's dependent on your being able to purchase a retail or volume license for SBS 2003 that you can then use on the new server and follow the steps outlined in the article I posted above.  Since that might be a distinct challenge at this point, you might be better off purchasing a license for the newest version of SBS (2011), install it on the new server and migrate your users, computers and data from the old server to the new one instead.
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DatastreamtmAuthor Commented:
Thank you
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