License question: Exchange 2010 (old) to Exchange 2010 (new server)

I have a faulty/bad/corrupt server currently hosting Exchange 2010.

I'm spinning up a new Exchange Server 2010 on the same domain. I plan to spin this up, move over the mailboxes and then shut the other one down.

My question is, what do I need to do for licensing? Is there a transfer process or will this automatically happen, etc?
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Nick RhodeIT DirectorCommented:
Is this a volume license?  Is this a VM etc?  If it is volume you have like a default trial of exchange when installing it on the server.  When you decomission the old one you can move the license over.  Usually the EMC will prompt to notify you of its an eval or you can register the license.

A volume license gives you the ability to do this as long as you intend to and remove the other server for you cannot use 1 license for 2 full blown exchange servers.
If you have 1 server that is bad and you're working to transition everything over to a new server and decommission the other one, I'd just call Microsoft licensing, explain the situation, and they should be fine allowing the re-use of the license, as long as you're sticking to the same version of exchange.
MetaltreeAuthor Commented:
The problem is no one appears to have any record of how they obtained this license. I don't know where to get the license again...or how to explain to Microsoft that I don't have any auth codes or license #s
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Nick RhodeIT DirectorCommented:
Is this an SBS Server?  Typically the company should check on when the server was purchased and if any volume licenses were purchased along with the server.  Unless it was OEM etc.
How big of a company?  Do you order software through a reseller?  If so, contact them and see if you have a volume license deal that would have shown the purchase.

If you can't prove you own the copy you know you own, you're just as in trouble as if you stand up a new server without purchasing a new copy.

Once you can confirm you own a valid license for a single 2010 server, I'm sure you'll be fine migrating it to a new server.  If the license reports any issues, call Microsoft and explain the situation to them.  As long as you don't exceed the total number of licenses you own AND the licenses aren't OEM (which I don't believe they sell Exchange as OEM), then the license is not bound to the hardware, though you cannot exceed the number of licenses you bought and still be in compliance with MS licensing terms.
Simon Butler (Sembee)ConsultantCommented:
There are only two licence keys for Exchange 2010 - the standard edition and enterprise edition. Therefore you can get the key quite easily.
From a licencing point of view, Exchange 2010 comes up in trial mode and runs for 90 days. Therefore just bring up a new server, migrate everything across, shutdown the old and enter the key. I am pretty sure the tools like MagicJellyBean will find it for you.

No activation or anything with Exchange.


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