P2V Windows Server 2003 - Unique Situation With OEM & Open License
Posted on 2013-12-07
Hi, I have been doing some research on P2V and activation issues. I have read numerous articles about the licensing problem for OEM to a virtualized environment.
This situation is a little different and I would like to get some input.
In this scenario, Open License for Windows Server 2003 was acquired. For some reason Dell OEM media was used to do the install instead of the Open media. Now years later, that is creating an issue for the P2V. Since Dell media comes pre-activated, it cannot be activated on the new hardware in the virtual environment.
Since the license is correct and the media was wrong, are there any options for getting the software activated without having to do a repair installation before P2V?
Any thoughts on this would be welcome. There are numerous applications that I am concerned about a repair install causing problems with. Again, since the license was the Open License all along, I really hate to go through that process if I don't have to.