Can you help me with my software licensing question?
We're in the process of migrating a large number of users to a newer version of an important software package that introduces a large number of system changes. We need to be able to reliably re-create (run) the old environment for certain operations. So naturally I turned to a virtual machine setup. It's perfect for this.
I used vmware converter to create a virtual machine from a Dell ATG laptop. When I boot the vm in vmware workstation Windows XP tells me it needs to be activated. Obviously I can't use the product key from the laptop, it's still in use, and I as I understand the license is tied to the hardware in any case. However we do have MS volume licensing. How can I switch the laptop-vm from an OEM license to our Windows volume license? The activation wizard tells me the VL key I'm entering is invalid. I can't logon to the vm. After entering username and password I get presented with the activation wizard.
I think I could install our VL-windows overtop the OEM-Windows, but then I run the risk of contaminating the operating environment for our application. I think the actual risk of this is low, but I would certainly have to spend hours doing Windows Updates and applying software patches to get everything up to speed again. I'm hoping to avoid that.