dingding
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windows OEM license in virtual environment

i have a physical server with windows OEM license installed. now i want to install ESX on it and leverage the key to install a windows guest OS.

i have found a physical key and virtual key with this machine,

1) should i deactivate the physical key before i use the virtual key?

2) how to do the deactivation and activation?

anybody has similiar experience? thanks in advance!

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AndreTheGiant
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Use the virtual serial.

But depending of the Windows version you have only some instances licended:

* Windows Server Standard = 1 instance

* Windows Server Enterprise = 4 instances

* Windows Server Datacenter = all instances

Andre

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You do not need to de-activate the original.  The type of Windows license as Andre indicated will determine how many times you can activate the license key(s)

dingding
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is the number 1,4, unlimited a technical limitation?

if we install one VM, activated it and convert it to template, when we deploy from this template, do we need to active the VM again?

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AndreTheGiant
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Is basically a commercial limitation.

But depending on how you active you could reach the max number of activations.

If you deploy from template or clone a VM with customization and new SID generation a new activation is usually required.

Andre

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dingding
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can i vmotion a VM with windows OEM license to another physical machine?

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a_p_
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Technically this may work, however you may need to double check whether the Microsoft EULA allows to run the VM on another hardware.

André

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AndreTheGiant
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As written is not a technical problem... you can without issue.

But on the license side you have to be compliant...

Andre

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klauzser
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you dont have to deactivate it and i dont think there is any option to deactivate the license you installed before.. you just have to use the virtual key you have with you and everything should be okay.https://imagicon.info/cat/5-59/vmware-cool.gif

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