Can I use a technet product key if we have licenses in place?

Posted on 2012-09-06
Last Modified: 2012-09-07
I recently built a WDS server and built images for our XP and WIN 7 machines. After completing my XP image, I captured it into WDS and imaged a couple machines. I noticed when the machines were imagaged they prompted me to enter a product key before they would work. The only key I had that would work was my Technet subscription XP pro key. I have to assume that they DVD I burned to create the image was originally made from my Technet subsciption ISO. Will I have licensing issues if I deploy several machines with this key? We have plenty of licenses and each PC has a VISTA license stamped on it, but a disgruntled employee accused us of software pirating a couple years ago and I do not want to send off any red flags by putting my technet key in production. Will I have an issue? Should I go ahead and rebuild my image?
Question by:Thor2923
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    Assisted Solution

    by:Lee W, MVP
    You need to rebuild your image using a volume license media.  Only Volume License grants you the right to build and deploy an image.


    1. Obtain a single (if you don't already have one) Volume License for Windows Client (XP/7/Vista/8).  

    2. Install the Windows client using the Windows XP volume license media

    3. Customize it.

    4. Sysprep it.

    5. Image it to WDS

    6. Deploy it ONLY to systems that contain the same or equivalent Windows license (meaning, if you build an XP Pro image, you can deploy that image to systems that came with XP Pro and to all systems that came with Vista Business or Windows 7 Pro.

    For more information refer to Re-imaging Rights document from Microsoft.
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    Expert Comment

    by:☠ MASQ ☠
    You may not use the software in a live operating environment, in a staging environment, or with data that has not been backed up.

    Aside from that TechNet licensed software relies on an active subscription, if the named subscriber cancels or leaves the organization the licenses become invalid.

    It's a pain but you're better off creating the image from a properly licensed source.
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    Expert Comment

    Technet licences are not for 'Production', which means they are for testing, evaluation, development, training and the like - not for line of business applications - you will need to use a legitimate VL key/media
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    Author Comment

    ouch...that doesn't sound too good. Does anyone know if I can just ugrade my image using a volume license ISO? I can download volume ISO, can I just go to one of my imaged laptops and perform and upgrade then use that to deploy? I am just hoping I can avoid rebuilding from scratch, but of course I do not want to set myself up for system or licenseing issues
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    Accepted Solution

    AFAIK the VL keys DO work with Technet Media, so it would just be a matter of changing the ProductID and activating
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    Assisted Solution

    by:☠ MASQ ☠
    If you run a repair reinstall on the machine you are creating the image from using a VLK CD that will switch the licensing state from Technet to VLK


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