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Licensing question regarding virtual replicas and Microsoft Server OS

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Hello Experts - I am currently backing up about a dozen virtual instances of Windows Server 2008 R2 Enterprise using Veeam then replicating them offsite.  If my primary site burns down am I legally allowed to use my offsite replicas or would I be violating the license terms by doing so?
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Lee W, MVP earned 2000 total points
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I would say it depends.  If the primary site is using OEM versions, then you WOULD BE VIOLATING LICENSE TERMS!

If they are not OEM, then, as I understand licensing, licenses are transferrable once every 90 days or sooner in the event of hardware failure.  If the primary site burned down and the hardware was lost, then you WOULD BE LICENSED as is.  The licenses would "transfer" to the new systems.

HOWEVER, if your primary site lost power for a week because of a storm, then you WOULD be violating licensing if you activated your remote site AND returned the VMs back to the primary site in less than 90 days.

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Perfect, thank you!
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