Can I virtualize an OEM version of Windows 2008 r2 and windows 2008 sbs?

Can I virtualize a OEM version of Windows 2008 R2 and windows 2008 SBS?  Each of the servers say in the product ID XXXXX-OEM-XXXXX......

My plan is to make a P2V (physical to logical) conversion of the operating system.  Install Vmware and then run the virtual machine on the hardware it was created on.  

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Brian PiercePhotographerCommented:
OEM cannot be virtualised.
resolver1Author Commented:
whats the route to get them virtualized?
Miguel Angel Perez MuñozCommented:
Buy a license retail.

Use a virtualization software if you want to get the machine "as is" and reactive your Windows version using your new serial.
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
You can virtualise them P2V (see below), but you will find, that they require re-activation, so you will need to run a Repair with a Retail or Volume version of the Software OS.

Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEM) versions

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.


I would recommend and use VMware vCenter Converter Standalone 5.0 or 4.3.

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Download VMware vCenter Converter 4.3 here
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Read fellow Expert Bestway's article.

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resolver1Author Commented:
Thanks for your answers guys.  Is there any upgrade of license from OEM to retail or is it an additional purchase?

Cheers for you links hanccocka. You have previously replied to a question and that lead me to read the following: "Expert Bestway's article" and that when i saw the OEM issue.

I've convinced my boss to spend some money on purchasing VMware 5 and now ill have to go back to him and ask him to spend more on Server licenses.  I don't think his response will be the best so if any can help me out with a solution, it would be appreciated.  

Thanks again
Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
There is NO Upgrade from OEM. The OEM license you are using  was supplied with the hardware, which technically belongs to the hardware, and the license is not transferable.

You must purchase retail or use Volume licenses.

What Microsoft License scheme do you use?
Brian PiercePhotographerCommented:
No sorry you have to by either the retail of VL edition
How many physical servers are you planning to run VMware on? If only 1 or two, why not just use the free version of ESXi 5? It is the same product as the one you would purchase but lacks features like high availability, certain backup features and has some api restrictions. That way you would only need to buy OS licenses which i'm sure your boss would be more happy about!!
resolver1Author Commented:
We don't use any lisence scheme.  We havnt seen the cost benefit of it with been a small business of 40 computer users.  We have already purchase vmware 5 doh!   Thanks, looks like ill have to go back to my boss and ask for more money :-(
resolver1Author Commented:
Thanks for the answers.
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