I have an aging server running an OEM copy of Server 2003. It’s running a legacy application that may not run on any later operating system. Also reinstalling the application would cost thousands.
Virtualizing this server and moving it to our new Windows 2012 R2, Hyper-V server is the obvious solution. Because the OEM license isn’t supposed to move off of the old server it’s on, I’m willing to buy a 2012 R2 license and use it’s downgrade rights in the hope this will meet Microsoft’s requirements.
1. If I buy a 2012 R2 license on our new server, can I use that license to legally move the OEM 2003 install to my new server as a virtual machine.
2. When the 2003 VM is booted on the new hardware, it will want to authenticate I assume. Will authentication work?
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