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I need to activate a virtual server 2003

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HI

I need to do some testing  for a customer, i virtualized his 2 servers (Windows server 2003 and 2012) with Vmware, the problem is, i can' t even log with the Server 2003, it' s asking for activation, i don't care reactivating it, my question is , will it invalidate the already activated  production server ? Same for the server 2012.

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by:Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)
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Yes, you need to have adequate licenses for all your servers.

You cannot activate the product key on more than one server, currently you are in violation of the license agreement.

If you activate the current servers, the other servers will "break!".

Obtain new Retail or Volume licenses.
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by:Fred caron
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So , there is no way to test a production server with Vmware ?? If this is the case , this is nonsense from Microsoft.
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2) earned 500 total points
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It's not a VMware issue, it's a Microsoft Licensing, and the change of hardware causes the OS license to Re-activate.

It's possible you have also got an OEM version of the software license.

You should be able to use the servers, without activating.

Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEM) versions

Note: Physical-to-virtual hard drive migration of a Windows installation is a valid function for customers with Software Assurance and full retail copies of Windows XP, Windows Vista, and Windows 7. Software Assurance provides users valuable benefits—please contact Microsoft Corporation for further information. Windows XP, Windows Vista and Windows 7 installed by Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEM) using OEM versions of these products may not be transferred to a virtual hard drive in accordance with Microsoft licensing terms.

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http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/sysinternals/ee656415

http://www.experts-exchange.com/OS/Microsoft_Operating_Systems/Windows/XP/A_3721-Can-I-transfer-my-OEM-version-of-Windows-to-another-PC.html
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by:Fred caron
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Thanks Andrew

Wish there was an easy way to test a production server, i thought that virtualization was a great tool for testing...but Microsoft does not think that way !!  thanks for you quick answer !
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