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Can I install Microsoft SQL 2005 on another system without the license being disabled / revoked?

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Hi Guys,

I have an existing SQL 2005 installation on a 2008 server with a valid license key and want to remove that installation on that server.

Then I want to install it on a 2012 server with the same license key. So there is only 1 active installation running with that license key.

My question: will it work? Is this legal? Will the license be disabled or revoked in the future?

Thank you
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by:pjam
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I would think at the very least you could install a trial (30 days or whatever) SQL 2005 on the new server giving you plenty of time to take down the 2008 server.
Just a thought
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Brian Pringle earned 250 total points
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The answer is that it depends on the type of license that you have.  Is it an OEM key that came with the computer or one that was purchased separately?  If it is OEM, then it is licensed to that installation of Windows on that particular machine.  If it is a retail or volume license, then you can move it to another computer.
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You probably know this but 2005 is nearing end of life, so may consider upgrading what you have to 2014 at the same time.
https://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/mt238290.aspx?f=255&MSPPError=-2147217396
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by:Agrippa
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Thank you for the comments, so I notice 2 things being raised:

1: License type and if it is legal or not

2: Can it be technically done

License type is OEM

Technically: first I remove it from the old server, then I install it on the new server, will this work? Is this license being checked on machine count?
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by:Scott Silva
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OEM license is not supposed to be moved.

Will it get checked by Microsoft?  Maybe.
Is is wrong? Yes


Will a disgruntled employee turn you in for the reward that the anti-piracy alliance is offering? maybe...
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by:Agrippa
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So how about when the motherboard dies and the hardware key changes. I mean: at what point do I need to buy a new license key?
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by:Brian Pringle
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If the motherboard dies and you replace it with a like-hardware item, then it is okay.  However, if you replace the motherboard with a newer one that supports a newer processor and newer RAM, then that is not allowed.
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by:Scott Silva
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Agreed... Hardware replaced with warranty standard equivalents is OK... But it has to be the same basic part.
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by:Agrippa
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Thank you all, we are going to purchase SQL 2014
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