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Hi All,

Hoping you can help me with my dilemma how to license my network. I've recently visualised  my all machines and need some advice. I'm not sure what to do with OEM SBS. Below my config (4 Hyper-v machines with childrens and already licensed OEM) :

HyperV0-Windows 7 w/VMWare            OEM
      Windows Server 2008 R2      
            
HyperV1-Windows Server 2008 R2            OEM
      Windows Server 2003 SP2 SBS DC DNS      was virtualised with 50 CALs but OEM
      Windows Server 2008 R2      
            
HyperV2-Windows Server 2008 R2            OEM
      Windows Server 2008 R2 Exchange 2010 - SBS replica      
      Windows Server 2008 R2      
            
HyperV3-Windows Server 2008 R2            OEM
      Windows Server 2008 R2 SQL 2008 R2      
      Windows Server 2008 R2 SQL 2008 R3      
      Windows Server 2003 R2      
            
Terminal Server-Windows Server 2008 R2 30 TSCALs            OEM
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OEM licences cannot be transferred between machines.
Therefore your SBS server is almost certainly unlicensed, and you will have to purchase a new licence and upgrade.
SBS is no longer available, so your only option is a retail box.

HOWEVER I am not Microsoft, I do not work for Microsoft and I am not authorised to answer licencing questions. The only people who can give you an answer which you can make a purchasing decision on are Microsoft. You will need to speak them and get the answer in writing.

Simon.
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Thank you Simon for your solution. To be honest I expected a bit more elaborate answer. I know OEM license(s) cannot be transferred onto the new hardware.
Will my Windows Server 2008 R2 OEM(hyper-v machine) cover one virtual machine as well?
Could be cheaper to migrate my existing sbs 2003 to new 2008 (2011) + new sbs CALs.
If I buy new SBS 2003 license then can I use existing sbs CALs? and what then with licensing exchange users? What about Volume license? Maybe get 2008 sbs and downgrade to 2003- possible?
Maybe replace 2008 OEM for 2012- this can (not sure) cover 2 virtual machines.
Also I have no clue how to license SQL. Separate license for server 2008 + separate for SQL software (the same machine)? Is any better way to licence 2 SQLs? as this is coming quite expensive.
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You cannot buy SBS 2003 licences - SBS 2003 has been EOL for some time.
Windows 2008 R2 Standard edition only allows one virtual guest when the host is used for HyperV only, nothing else.
SBS CALs will not cover a separate Exchange server.
SQL - I cannot answer that, I haven't licenced SQL for years.

Enterprise edition of Windows 2008 R2 allows four virtual machines per physical host.

My answer cannot be very comprehensive because I cannot give you that information - only Microsoft can.

Simon.
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Thank you.
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