Windows 2012 VM WIndows 7 PRO

Posted on 2016-10-11
Last Modified: 2016-11-22

DELL PE T330 Server, Windows 2012 R2 Standard, Hyper-V

I want to install 2 VM, one VM with Windows 2012 R2 and the other VM with WIndows 7 Pro

Serialisation of the WIndows 2012 VM will be included on the WIndows 2012 Server Standard Licence (2 VM). No Problem

Regarding serialisation of WIndows 7 PRO, can I take a WIndows 7 PRO (DELL DVD OEM) with a serial number of Windows 7 (from any old DELL PC) to serialize?

Thank you
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by:Muhammad Mulla
ID: 41838153
By serialization, I assume you mean activation.

An OEM license is not the correct license to activate and VM as it should only be used to activate the hardware it was sold with.

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ID: 41838161
Yes I mean activation

SO I have to buy a new licence of Windows 7 Pro.

Can I buy a WIndows 7 PRO OEM? and activate it on the VM? will it work?

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by:Muhammad Mulla
ID: 41838200
An oem license may work, but they are meant to be sold with oem hardware.

So strictly speaking, even if the VM activates, you may not be licensed.
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by:*** Hopeleonie ***
ID: 41838201
If it is just for one license, you should buy a retail version. Otherwise you will not accept the Microsoft Agreement. If you need more licenses, have a look at Volume licenses.
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ID: 41838211
No, you aren't allowed to use OEM Desktop OS's as VM's. You need a retail, non OEM version. Besides that, if you are going to use RDP to connect to your VM, you won't be able to use the Aero display of Windows 7. That means the Graphical performance won't be very good. If you need that you would have to use Windows 7 Ultimate or Enterprise, those versions support Aero over Remote Desktop.

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ID: 41838220
Thank you for your answers
Are there the same limitations with Windows 10 PRO (OEM not allowed, retail yes allowed) ?
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ID: 41838226
As far as I know, yes, but I'm not 100% sure.
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Lee W, MVP earned 500 total points (awarded by participants)
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OEM licenses CANNOT be virtualized.  Further, if you are installing this on a server, your desktop clients MUST be using Windows Enterprise.  (7, 8, 10, doesn't matter, must be Enterprise) WITH Software Assurance (SA).  Alternatively, you can purchase a VDA license (it's subscription based) and then you can connect from anything regardless.  What you are doing is Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI).  It may only be ONE license, but it's still VDI.  Microsoft has very strict specifications on how VDI is deployed and it requires the purchase of Volume Licenses - either Enterprise with SA or VDA.  Contact a Microsoft reseller for further details.

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by:Mike T
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Just confirm your last point and re-enforce Lee's point: No you can't use OEM DVD on anything *anything* other than physical hardware meant for the DVD. The O and E mean just that: original equipment.

If the kit you are building is temporary and NOT production then MSDN is a better route if you have it.


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