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Can you help me with my software licensing issue?

We have just ordered 80 Dell computers. We have chosen Windows 7 Professional on each of them (I assume this is an OEM licence).

Is it possible to deploy a customized image of Windows 7 Professional via lite-touch MDT, etc. on each of these machines without having to repurchase 80 more Windows 7 Professional licences (at ~$150 each) through Volume Licencing?

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marked as duplicate by kce, voretaq7 Aug 2 '12 at 1:53

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I'm not familiar with Lite-Touch MDT, but in a previous life, I'd build my base images from the included Dell OS restore CD, allowing me to use the S/N from the COA on the machine. Is that an option? –  HopelessN00b Jul 19 '12 at 2:02
Are you asking if this is technically possible, or if this is legally possible? –  Mark Henderson Jul 19 '12 at 2:03

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This technet link lists a Volume License media as a requirement for Lite-Touch deployment. You would need a Volume Key (or KMS) to activate these, so yes - it seems that Microsoft requires you to have a VLK, not OEM keys for this.

Can you skirt this requirement? Probably. Will you ever be able to get support from Microsoft if they find out? Not a chance.

You should talk to a licensing vendor, though. Many times there can be substantial discounts if you own OEM keys and just need VLKs of the same edition for deployment purposes. Obviously, YMMV.

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