Setup and the "Virtual" License key

Discussion in 'Server Setup' started by Rosewood, Dec 3, 2008.

  1. Rosewood

    Rosewood Guest

    New server w/ Server 2008 Standard from Dell

    All I have is the OEM key that is stuck to the machine.

    If I am reading http://support.microsoft.com/kb/949748 correctly, it sounds
    like I should be able to run Server 2008 strictly to power the VMs. Then I
    can run my actual Server 2008 deployment in the VM and gain all the benefits
    of that.

    However, I never received a virtual key from Dell and they don't know what
    I'm on about.

    Are OEM keys exempt from this? Am I completely not understanding this
    virtual key thing and I'm supposed to have two licenses of Server 2008 if I
    want to use Server 2008 strictly as a VM host?
     
    Rosewood, Dec 3, 2008
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  2. Hello,
    The article specifically calls out OEM as one of the scenarios
    These changes affect the following versions of Windows Server 2008:
    • Versions that you obtain as a Full Packaged Product (FPP) from a retailer

    • Versions that you obtain together with a new server from an OEM

    Whitepaper on this:
    Licensing Microsoft Server Products in Virtual Environments

    http://download.microsoft.com/download/6/c/c/6ccc82b3-d254-4cb7-bada-62a720a
    e4598/Licensing_Microsoft_Server_Products_in_Virtual_Environments.doc

    I would have expected there to be two product keys on the sticker on the
    machine, one for virtual and one for physical.

    Thanks,
    Darrell Gorter[MSFT]

    This posting is provided "AS IS" with no warranties, and confers no rights
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    | >New server w/ Server 2008 Standard from Dell
    | >
    | >All I have is the OEM key that is stuck to the machine.
    | >
    | >If I am reading http://support.microsoft.com/kb/949748 correctly, it
    sounds
    | >like I should be able to run Server 2008 strictly to power the VMs. Then
    I
    | >can run my actual Server 2008 deployment in the VM and gain all the
    benefits
    | >of that.
    | >
    | >However, I never received a virtual key from Dell and they don't know
    what
    | >I'm on about.
    | >
    | >Are OEM keys exempt from this? Am I completely not understanding this
    | >virtual key thing and I'm supposed to have two licenses of Server 2008
    if I
    | >want to use Server 2008 strictly as a VM host?
    | >
     
    Darrell Gorter[MSFT], Dec 4, 2008
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  3. Rosewood

    Rosewood Guest

    Thank you Darrell.

    This was my first S2008 purchase and I had read that bit about OEMs but then
    I look at the key and see just one there.
     
    Rosewood, Dec 4, 2008
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  4. Rosewood

    Rosewood Guest

    After contacting Dell, they said I should just use the same key on the
    sticker for both instances.
     
    Rosewood, Dec 5, 2008
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  5. Hello Rosewood,

    After a call to Technet support i got this info:

    Virtual Key is only included "Windows server 2008 64 bit with Hyper-V". Without
    Hyper-V there is no Virtual Key and also not on the 32bit version of server
    2008. This information will be updated in the KB article.

    Best regards

    Meinolf Weber
     
    Meinolf Weber [MVP-DS], Dec 10, 2008
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  6. Rosewood

    Rosewood Guest

    Thank you for the clarification. I checked with my sales rep and it looks
    like when I ordered at least, Dell was not offering a sku Windows server 2008
    64 bit with Hyper-V for the hardware I ordered.
     
    Rosewood, Dec 10, 2008
    #6
  7. Rosewood

    David Nilson Guest

    Despite the answer you just recieved from Dell, you SHOULD have a virtual key for any Svr 2008 32 O/S that actually includes Hyper-V

    I just opened the package on a brand new OEM system builder license (same thing Dell Buys to build systems) of Server 2008, Standard, 32 bit (not R2 -thats a 64 bit only product) and it have both keys, and includes Hyper-V



    Meinolf Weber [MVP-DS] wrote:

    Re: Setup and the "Virtual" License key
    13-Dec-08

    Hello Rosewood

    After a call to Technet support i got this info

    Virtual Key is only included "Windows server 2008 64 bit with Hyper-V". Without
    Hyper-V there is no Virtual Key and also not on the 32bit version of server
    2008. This information will be updated in the KB article

    Best regard

    Meinolf Webe
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    Previous Posts In This Thread:

    Setup and the "Virtual" License key
    New server w/ Server 2008 Standard from Del

    All I have is the OEM key that is stuck to the machine

    If I am reading http://support.microsoft.com/kb/949748 correctly, it sounds
    like I should be able to run Server 2008 strictly to power the VMs. Then I
    can run my actual Server 2008 deployment in the VM and gain all the benefits
    of that

    However, I never received a virtual key from Dell and they don't know what
    I'm on about

    Are OEM keys exempt from this? Am I completely not understanding this
    virtual key thing and I'm supposed to have two licenses of Server 2008 if I
    want to use Server 2008 strictly as a VM host?

    Hello,The article specifically calls out OEM as one of the scenariosThese
    Hello
    The article specifically calls out OEM as one of the scenario
    These changes affect the following versions of Windows Server 2008:
    ? Versions that you obtain as a Full Packaged Product (FPP) from a retailer

    ? Versions that you obtain together with a new server from an OEM

    Whitepaper on this
    Licensing Microsoft Server Products in Virtual Environment

    http://download.microsoft.com/download/6/c/c/6ccc82b3-d254-4cb7-bada-62a720
    e4598/Licensing_Microsoft_Server_Products_in_Virtual_Environments.do

    I would have expected there to be two product keys on the sticker on the
    machine, one for virtual and one for physical

    Thanks
    Darrell Gorter[MSFT

    This posting is provided "AS IS" with no warranties, and confers no right
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    benefits
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    Thank you Darrell.
    Thank you Darrell

    This was my first S2008 purchase and I had read that bit about OEMs but the
    I look at the key and see just one there

    :

    After contacting Dell, they said I should just use the same key on the sticker
    After contacting Dell, they said I should just use the same key on th
    sticker for both instances

    :

    Thank you for the clarification.
    Thank you for the clarification. I checked with my sales rep and it looks
    like when I ordered at least, Dell was not offering a sku Windows server 2008
    64 bit with Hyper-V for the hardware I ordered

    :

    Re: Setup and the "Virtual" License key
    Hello Rosewood

    After a call to Technet support i got this info

    Virtual Key is only included "Windows server 2008 64 bit with Hyper-V". Without
    Hyper-V there is no Virtual Key and also not on the 32bit version of server
    2008. This information will be updated in the KB article

    Best regard

    Meinolf Webe
    Disclaimer: This posting is provided "AS IS" with no warranties, and confers
    no rights
    ** Please do NOT email, only reply to Newsgroup
    ** HELP us help YOU!!! http://www.blakjak.demon.co.uk/mul_crss.htm


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    David Nilson, Apr 22, 2010
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