Can you help me with my software licensing question?
I am currently using Windows 7 Ultimate x64 on my dev machine (where I am writing this post from). I also currently use VMWare Server and several VMs, all running Windows Server 2008 R2 Enterprise x64 full installs (with the exception of AD being Server Core).
I want to upgrade my PC's mobo, CPU and RAM and before that, convert my host OS to a .VHD to run inside SCVMM 2008 R2 and do a fresh upgrade to Win Server, so lose 7 and the data (backing it up of course).
If I make the VHD of 7 - my current host OS, do a fresh install of Win Server as the host OS to get Hyper-V), and then load my VMWare VMs and this host OS (as a VHD) and the do the hardware upgrades, will I get any activation issues? I have a MAP subscription and I did have Windows Server in a VM complain it was not genuine so I had to re-activate it (I think because I upgraded my BIOS, this was the only change on the machine to invoke this in Windows Server). The activation is of course just calling that automated phone system to reactivate.
Even if there are any activation issues or the prompt to reactivate, would this risk any data loss? Or should I do the hardware changes first?