Microsoft Licensing-Temporarily Virtualizing ROK/OEM Server Operating System on a BDR

Anyone have experience virtualizing a BDR (backup disaster recovery device) with ROK/OEM Server software, such as Server Essentials 2012?  The ROK software is branded by Lenovo.
My concern is the activation that is required in a disaster recovery situation if the Server Essentials 2012 operating system is temporarily virtualized on the BDR.  
I’m sure that activation will be required immediately.  Is it possible to temporarily activate the ROK/OEM Server Essentials 2012 operating system  in disaster recovery scenarios until the original physical server is back up and running?
I am sure that Microsoft volume licensing is preferable but wondering if it can work with ROK Lenovo software based on anyone’s experience.
Thanks.
b1dupreeAsked:
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ronnypotCommented:
Hi,

Indeed you need probably need to reactivate the server and this will fail. We had to do this in the past and need to contact microsoft for a temporary license key. As microsoft partner we get this via our account manager, I am not sure if this can be done if you are just contacting microsoft as a customer.

You might contact them and ask the question directly.
b1dupreeAuthor Commented:
Thanks.  We are Microsoft Partners but don't know my account manager.  How do you find that info?

How long did it take for you to get the activation key once you spoke to your account manager?
ronnypotCommented:
I am not sure, but probably the one that is the main contact for your company has the contact information.

We had the activation key the same day so that wasn't a problem at all.
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pgm554Commented:
Unless it is keyed to the BIOS of the Lenovo (some are and will never activate)you have 3 days
to get things together.
b1dupreeAuthor Commented:
Even if it is keyed to the BIOS why wouldn't Microsoft allow temporary re-activation on the BDR?
pgm554Commented:
Because they are Microsoft and want you to follow their licensing model($$$).

Makes no sense at times,but they are what they are.

If you've read any of their EULA terms ,you pretty much know why they are jokingly referred to as M$.
ronnypotCommented:
As written before, we were in a same situation and contacting our account manager at microsoft we got a temporary key so we could disaster recover and or repair the original server or deliver a new one within a normal time frame ( I thought it was something like 30 days)

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