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Active Windows Server 2003/2008 from VMWare

I am migrating Windows 2008/2003 servers from Physical Server to VMWare. Unfortunately I can only get the physical keys from Windows servers. Some of them are IBM OEM and some are open licenses. Could I use these keys to active the Windows hosted in VMWare? Or does Microsoft provide any way to retrieve virtual key by providing physical key?
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
Unfortunately, if you have OEM licenses, you cannot transfer them. If you attempt to P2V them, they will require re-activation on the virtual machine.

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.

Source
http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/sysinternals/ee656415

http://www.experts-exchange.com/OS/Microsoft_Operating_Systems/Windows/XP/A_3721-Can-I-transfer-my-OEM-version-of-Windows-to-another-PC.html

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dev_yinzAuthor Commented:
Wonderful explanation. Thanks a lot.
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