Windows Server License 2012 R2

I have a Server with license for Windows Server 2012 R2 but I will convert the server to virtual in my ESXi I can use the same license or is a different Windows license when is a virtual machine?
PLCITSAsked:
Who is Participating?
I wear a lot of hats...

"The solutions and answers provided on Experts Exchange have been extremely helpful to me over the last few years. I wear a lot of hats - Developer, Database Administrator, Help Desk, etc., so I know a lot of things but not a lot about one thing. Experts Exchange gives me answers from people who do know a lot about one thing, in a easy to use platform." -Todd S.

tailoreddigitalCommented:
FYI,

There is no other type of license for a virtual version.    A standard Server 2012r2 license can be installed either way.

I think you can convert without issues.   When i first setup my 2012r2 box, i kept flip flopping on whether or not i wanted to use it virtual or physical.   I installed it probably twice each way.   It was a waste of time for me but obviously i wanted to get it right.    I never had any type of activation issue along the way.
0
Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
You can use the same license, if it's retail or volume. However, if it's OEM you cannot, because that license was sold with the physical  hardware and depending upon your country of origin may not be transferable!
0

Experts Exchange Solution brought to you by

Your issues matter to us.

Facing a tech roadblock? Get the help and guidance you need from experienced professionals who care. Ask your question anytime, anywhere, with no hassle.

Start your 7-day free trial
Michael MachieFull-time technical multi-taskerCommented:
To further clarify, if using Volume Licensing you are allowed to use one license for TWO separate VMs providing:

1) Both VMs reside on the same VM Host
2) The physical box that previously used that license is fully decommissioned
3) Both VMs are identical in versioning (For instance - Server 2008 Standard R2 for both, not Standard R2 and Standard). The Service Pack doesn't matter.
0
Lee W, MVPTechnology and Business Process AdvisorCommented:
To further further clarify - ANY Windows 2012 license grants TWO separate VM licenses for one physical machine (you cannot separate one VM to one physical machine and another to another - you buy the physical machine license and are granted 2 VMs on that machine PROVIDED *IF* you install on the physical machine you ONLY install for running Hyper-V and related services - No other roles may be added.

Further, OEM grants this as well.  But you state you want to move the license - you CANNOT move the OEM license.  You CAN wipe the physical hardware the OEM license came from, install VMWare and then use the OEM license for 2 virtual machines - but those virtual machines may never be moved from that physical hardware unless you replace the license with another volume or retail license.
0
It's more than this solution.Get answers and train to solve all your tech problems - anytime, anywhere.Try it for free Edge Out The Competitionfor your dream job with proven skills and certifications.Get started today Stand Outas the employee with proven skills.Start learning today for free Move Your Career Forwardwith certification training in the latest technologies.Start your trial today
Windows Server 2012

From novice to tech pro — start learning today.

Question has a verified solution.

Are you are experiencing a similar issue? Get a personalized answer when you ask a related question.

Have a better answer? Share it in a comment.