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Hi,
 
 I have two VMWare boxes with different IP addresses. In one box/host, I have windows 2008 server (activated) and like to move it to another box/host because it has more space.
 If I move it to another host, would I need to re-activate the operating system whether it is Windows desktop or server operating system?

Thanks.
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You should not have to re-activate. But it can depend on your license, but the virtual machine hardware should not change.
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OK. Let me move one VM and I will keep you posted.
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Andy,

  You were correct. I successfully moved an existing VM to another host w/ different datastore and Windows activation status remained the same.

Thanks.
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no problems.
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Two hosts that were involved in moving VM had differnt CPUs, different motherboards, different RAM amount, different size/type hard drives, but both had same LSI MegaRaid Controller.

I am just curious what you meant by (1) "But it can depend on your license"
Also (2) Virtual machine hardware should not change"
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But the virtual hardware is the same!

That's the benefit of virtual hardware, is the same on every VMware host, other than the CPU of the host is presented to the VM.

Microsoft's Activation is dependent upon hardware, if hardware changes significantly, then it requires Re-activation.

e.g. retail licenses are different to volume licenses.
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VM Edit SettingsI got you. What you are saying is that "the configuration of VM itself has not changed", right?
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and the VMware virtual machine hardware, e.g. it's BIOS, it's virtual motherboard, it's virtual nic etc

e.g. if I take a VM from ESX 1.0, it will work on ESXi 5.5, this will also work on VMware Player, Workstation etc
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thank you.
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