Which Windows 7 license is required to install under ESXi 4.0

Posted on 2011-05-11
Last Modified: 2012-05-11
Instead of using a physical pc for occasionnal Remote Desktop access for an external user, I would like to setup a VM running Windows 7 Pro on our existing ESXi 4.0 server for this task.

What kind of Windows 7 licence can I purchase and use ?
1) New OEM license : is it legal to use it for a VM ? Will activation work ?
2) Full Retail license ?
3) or other type of license required  ?

Question by:ndidomenico
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    by:Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE)
    Full Retail.
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    Full Retail or Volume License. OEM Licenses MAY NOT be installed in a VM.
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    I think you need to check with microsoft 18009365700.

    MIght be VLK license.

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    by:Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE)
    however if you deploy clones, change hardware it will require re activation, just like a physical machine. volume will work as well kms or mak.


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