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Hi Experts,

I have installed a server with win2012evaluation.
This is a vm.
Now I have my datacenter license for win2012r2.
I tried the license but it is not valid.

Do I have the problem with the version 2012 and 2012R2 ?
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Question by:Eprs_Admin
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by:vmagan
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You tried updating the License and it did not take? DId you install a Datacenter OS version when you installed the eval? or a different version like Standard, etc.
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by:Brad Bouchard
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I can tell you there is definitely a difference between the regular 2012 and the 2012 R2 versions, even if they are the same (Standard, Standard R2).  You will need to install whatever your license is for; just check what the version is and make sure that's the OS you install.  

Also, make sure like vmagan said that you are installing the right version, i.e. Standard, Datacenter, etc.  It does make a difference.
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by:Eprs_Admin
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I have a license for Datacenter 2012R2.
Because of unlimited VM's for vmware.
It means I can install unlimited vm´s of WIN2012Standard.
When I enter the license for my WIN2012Standard VM´s, do I have to enter the Datacenter license or the Standard License ?

One VM is installed with as WIN2012StandardEvaluation.
Do I have to make an inplace upgrade first to R2 ?
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by:vmagan
ID: 39959178
if you installed Datacenter and you already entered that key and that was successful now for every VM that you create you need a key. If you created a standard 2012 VM you need another standard 2012 key if you created a 2012 R2 Vm then you need another key for that one too. Every new VM requires a different key.
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by:Eprs_Admin
ID: 39959205
ok, but it is true, when I have one datacenter license, I can install unlimited vm´s right ?
But with standard or enterprise ?
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by:vmagan
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yes with Datacenter you get unlimited VMS.
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by:Brad Bouchard
ID: 39959315
If you have Standard Licenses then enter those for the VMs, otherwise enter your Datacenter license.

You should be able to just activate your 2012 Standard VM that you already have in place... just follow instructions here:

http://community.spiceworks.com/how_to/show/15951-how-to-activate-windows-server-2012
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by:Eprs_Admin
ID: 39959375
ok cool.
So when my datacenter license is R2, then my vm must also be R2, right ?
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by:vmagan
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no it can be regular.
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by:Eprs_Admin
ID: 39959399
what does it mean ?
When my license is Datacenter 2012R2, which OS I can use on my VM´s ?
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by:Brad Bouchard
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You can use Standard on your VMs.
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by:vmagan
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You can use any OS on your VM. That is what I meant when I said "no it can be regular"
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by:Eprs_Admin
ID: 39959429
ok, Standard2012 or Standard2012R2 ?
or both ?
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by:vmagan
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anyone. You can even use 2008, 2003. Your call. Its just a VM. treat it like a brand new install on a new server.
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by:Eprs_Admin
ID: 39959442
ok, do I understand correctly ?
With my Datacenter2012R2 license, I can install each Standard version of Server OS on my VM?
And they are all covered by my Datacenter license 2012R2 ?
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by:vmagan
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yes and no. Each VM requires its own separate license key.
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by:Eprs_Admin
ID: 39959474
yes each vm needs to be licensed with a key.
But I just have one key.
Can you explain this ?
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by:Eprs_Admin
ID: 39959476
Or you mean,
of course the key for 2003 is different then 2008 or 2012.
for the versions I have different keys of course.
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by:vmagan
ID: 39959486
Datacenter eval install requires a product key which i believe you have entered.

once you begin to create new VMS each new VM that you create and install the operating system of your choice is going to require a new product key. If you install VM for server 2008 then you need to enter a valid key for server 2008.

does this make sense?

if you only have one key when you install new VMS you will have to purchase new keys to go with it.
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by:Eprs_Admin
ID: 39959489
so , what can I do now with my server 2012StandardEvaluation ?
The Datacenter2012R2 key doesn´t work here...
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by:Eprs_Admin
ID: 39959497
this makes sense.
But I have a Datacenter2012R2 key, want not to buy new keys, because it is for unlimited use.
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by:vmagan
ID: 39959498
reinstall that OS and select Datacenter version I believe that should be an option there. Then once the install is done you would go a head and enter the datacenter 2012R2 key. Make sure you select Datacenter2012 R2 version when reinstalling windows.
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by:Brad Bouchard
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ok, do I understand correctly ?
With my Datacenter2012R2 license, I can install each Standard version of Server OS on my VM?
And they are all covered by my Datacenter license 2012R2 ?

yes
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by:vmagan
ID: 39959502
that key is for unlimited VMs when you have the datacenter 2012R2 installed. But it is not for unlimited product keys. Everytime you intstall a new VM you will have to provide a new product key that matches the version of the OS of the new VM.
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by:Brad Bouchard
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You will get your keys from Microsoft through Volume Licensing:

https://www.microsoft.com/Licensing/servicecenter/default.aspx
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by:Eprs_Admin
ID: 39959534
that key is for unlimited VMs when you have the datacenter 2012R2 installed.

But on a ESXi Server I cannot install the datacenter2012r2 license.
In this case I just can use my MAK key for the win2012r2 std version .
Right ?
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by:vmagan
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Yes not the datacenter key one
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by:Brad Bouchard
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But on a ESXi Server I cannot install the datacenter2012r2 license.
In this case I just can use my MAK key for the win2012r2 std version .
Right ?

Yes.
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by:Eprs_Admin
ID: 39959553
cool, now I think I am done :-)
And of course the MAK key for the win2012r2 std version I can use on each new vm.
Right ?
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by:vmagan
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Yes
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Brad Bouchard earned 1000 total points
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cool, now I think I am done :-)
And of course the MAK key for the win2012r2 std version I can use on each new vm.
Right ?

Yes.
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by:Eprs_Admin
ID: 39959588
thanks, now I am done :-)
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