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Posted on 2014-01-15
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We have a parent company that has MS open license for windows server 2003 and they are not using those any more, since the company I work for is a subsidiary, can I use the license key from the parent? Is there any restrictions?


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MAYBE.  I work for a company that has one business unit own the software and the others buy from them.  Don't know if the units themselves are individual companies or not.  I do believe Volume Licenses may have SOME limited transfer rights.  Bottom line, you're asking a potentially complex licensing question of people who are not verifiably affiliated with the software producer... or legal experts.  You need to contact Microsoft to ask them.

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