Solved

SBS 2011 activation fails after virtualisation

Posted on 2014-07-17
4
888 Views
Last Modified: 2016-11-23
Hello,

We have a DELL SERVER that came with a SBS 2011 standard license, installed from OEM media supplied by DELL.
We virtualized this server using vmware ESXI, I didn't notice at first but now our SBS 2011 server is not activated anymore.

We are unable to activate it using the windows wizard, any advise?
0
Comment
Question by:Benderama
4 Comments
 
LVL 31

Assisted Solution

by:Frosty555
Frosty555 earned 167 total points
ID: 40203040
You may not be able to. Many OEM-branded Windows installs will look for vendor signatures in the BIOS. After you virtualize you are now using a virtual BIOS provided by the hypervisor which no longer contains that signature. It is considered a different, non-OEM machine, and the OEM license does not grant you the rights to use the software on that platform.

If telephone activation is an option, try to activate that way.
0
 
LVL 95

Assisted Solution

by:Lee W, MVP
Lee W, MVP earned 166 total points
ID: 40203612
Phone activation.  But they won't activate it if it wasn't installed on the same hardware that it came with.  OEM licenses are locked to the machines they came with.
0
 
LVL 5

Accepted Solution

by:
Adam Ray earned 167 total points
ID: 40203746
Check the software DVDs that came with your server. I have seen Dell ship two product keys with some SBS media.--One key was specifically for use when installed as a virtual server.

Disclaimer: I'm not sure how common this practice was for Dell, only that I saw it on multiple servers I've ordered over the last 5 years.
0
 

Author Closing Comment

by:Benderama
ID: 40203926
Phone activation was not an option. I found another key on the media like wcllc said. all answers contained some helpful comments
0

Featured Post

Is Your Active Directory as Secure as You Think?

More than 75% of all records are compromised because of the loss or theft of a privileged credential. Experts have been exploring Active Directory infrastructure to identify key threats and establish best practices for keeping data safe. Attend this month’s webinar to learn more.

Question has a verified solution.

If you are experiencing a similar issue, please ask a related question

Written by Glen Knight (demazter) as part of a series of how-to articles. Introduction One of the biggest consumers of disk space with Small Business Server 2008(SBS) is Windows Server Update Services, more affectionately known as WSUS. For t…
Because virtualization becomes more and more common, and, with Microsoft Hyper-V included in Windows Server at no additional costs, and, most server hardware nowadays is more than capable of running a physical Small Business Server (SBS) 2008 or 201…
This Micro Tutorial demonstrates using Microsoft Excel pivot tables, how to reverse engineer competitors' marketing strategies through backlinks.
With the power of JIRA, there's an unlimited number of ways you can customize it, use it and benefit from it. With that in mind, there's bound to be things that I wasn't able to cover in this course. With this summary we'll look at some places to go…

867 members asked questions and received personalized solutions in the past 7 days.

Join the community of 500,000 technology professionals and ask your questions.

Join & Ask a Question

Need Help in Real-Time?

Connect with top rated Experts

21 Experts available now in Live!

Get 1:1 Help Now