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!
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
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?
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.
As written is not a technical problem... you can without issue.
But on the license side you have to be compliant...
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.