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P2V SBS 2003 Help!

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I have server hardware needing to be decommisioned very quickly.  Until we have our upgrade path worked out I would like to run the existing SBS 2003 server as a VM under Hyper V.  I don't have a problem writing this out to a VM however my mind says to me that this will create a license activation issue preventing The SBS 2003 instance from running as a VM.  Am I right and do you know a work around that would prevent this?

Speed is of great urgency.  I need to do the port tomorrrow night!
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Use the following software Disk2VHD

Disk2vhd is a utility that creates VHD (Virtual Hard Disk - Microsoft's Virtual Machine disk format) versions of physical disks for use in Microsoft Virtual PC or Microsoft Hyper-V virtual machines (VMs). The difference between Disk2vhd and other physical-to-virtual tools is that you can run Disk2vhd on a system that’s online. Disk2vhd uses Windows' Volume Snapshot capability, introduced in Windows XP, to create consistent point-in-time snapshots of the volumes you want to include in a conversion. You can even have Disk2vhd create the VHDs on local volumes, even ones being converted (though performance is better when the VHD is on a disk different than ones being converted).

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Note: Physical-to-virtual hard drive migration of a Windows installation is a valid function for customers with Software Assurance and full retail copies of Windows XP, Windows Vista, and Windows 7. Software Assurance provides users valuable benefits—please contact Microsoft Corporation for further information. Windows XP, Windows Vista and Windows 7 installed by Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEM) using OEM versions of these products may not be transferred to a virtual hard drive in accordance with Microsoft licensing terms.
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It is an OEM installation I think (will need to double check).  If it is an OEM installation, will I get an Activation error preventing use?
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2) earned 1500 total points
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As per Microsoft's statement

Note: Physical-to-virtual hard drive migration of a Windows installation is a valid function for customers with Software Assurance and full retail copies of Windows XP, Windows Vista, and Windows 7. Software Assurance provides users valuable benefits—please contact Microsoft Corporation for further information. Windows XP, Windows Vista and Windows 7 installed by Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEM) using OEM versions of these products may not be transferred to a virtual hard drive in accordance with Microsoft licensing terms.

OEM Licenses are not transferrable, so it's likely that you *WILL* a Re-Activation Prompt on the Destination P2V VM.

You would have to purchase a new License and Apply, if possible.
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Am I right in saying that Win SBS 2003 Premium Upgrade is a Retail version?
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I think that would be Retail.
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Phew!  So to confirm I will not be prompted for product activation?
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No. Only if it's OEM.
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I'm taking the points back if it does not work ;)
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