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Convert physical SBS 2008 server to virtual

Posted on 2014-11-20
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Hello,

Perhaps someone has seen this issue.

First we had a physical hardware server with SBS 2008 Server installed using an OEM license key. This key was purchased when the server was initially installed and supports the full server installation.
After a few years the hardware the server was one went bad, but the actual server installation was still great and we wanted to rescue the installation / configuration.
The server was converted from physical into a virtual server, vhd file, and moved into a new server hardware that runs Hyper-V instead.

1) When just pressing Activate server an error box apperars saying Reinstall windows.
2) When trying to change product key and activate another box says wrong product key.
3) When entering phone activation and trying this procedure the installaton ID appears as 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 which we cannot use.

After spending 2 hrs in misc Microsoft support numbers, nobody appears to be able to manage this in activation - just referencing to open a Support case.
Can someone help?

Thanks
josef
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Lee W, MVP earned 500 total points
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I'm sorry, but you're out of luck.  The installation dies with the hardware - OEM installs are locked to the hardware they are installed on.  You cannot move them to new hardware.  Your only recourse that we can suggest is to purchase Windows Server 2012 and Exchange 2013 and migrate to that.  We cannot help you violate licensing which is what activating OEM software on new hardware would be.
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Thanks Lee, ok will try other solution.
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