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Can you help me with my software licensing issue?

This is a Canonical Question about Licensing. Questions on licensing are off-topic on Server Fault. If your question has been closed as a duplicate of this question, then this is because we ...
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Is a hard drive's serial number globally unique?

On Linux I can use smartctl to get a hard drive's vendor, model, firmware revision and serial number: # smartctl -a /dev/sdb smartctl 5.40 2010-07-12 r3124 [x86_64-unknown-linux-gnu] (local build) ...
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After upgrading to 2008 R2 Enterprise and installing more RAM, Windows can only see 4.00 GB

(I have also posted this on technet but I'm running out of ideas) I've upgraded from Windows Server 2008 R2 Standard to Enterprise in order to make use of more RAM. The server previously had 32GB of ...
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Which media was used to install Windows 7

I need to find out if a deployment of Windows 7 to a network was done with OEM, Retail, Volume or VL (VLK) media. I need to know which product was used in case it is what is causing some licensing ...
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Central management of Microsoft licenses

We're in the process of consolidating all our developer systems into a single windows domain and auditing all our internally used software. For Microsoft software is there any tool/tools to allow ...
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How does Microsoft enforce licenses?

I've often wondered, I have an MSDN universal license, and a technet license, so I have all the licenses I need to do what I need, which is software development. If I was a dishonest person, and ...
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How to view SQL Server licenses

I understand that there are three kinds of SQL licenses: http://www.microsoft.com/sqlserver/2005/en/us/pricing-licensing-faq.aspx Is there a a dialog in SSMS, a sproc, registry key, etc I can look at ...
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Converting MSDN license to full, commercial license [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Can you help me with my software licensing question? I had to throw a machine together in a bit of a hurry- to replace a machine that suddenly failed (no one had ...
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RDS Licensing not actually licensing

I have a few RDS hosts spread over two AD domains. The RDS servers in the top domain (enets.local) are fine, they get their licenses and consume them at a healthy rate. However, the RDS hosts in the ...
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Hardware vs software license keys in a VM environment

I am working with a vendor who is supplying a server-based application which requires licensing for activation. There are two options, software-based licensing and hardware (USB-dongle) based ...
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Does this SQL Server license seem legit?

The information I'm getting from the software vendor from which my wife recently purchased her new small business's domain-specific office management software is giving me the creeps. My impression ...
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Can a Windows 7 Ultimate product key be used for virtual machines as well? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Can you help me with my software licensing question? I have Windows 7 Ultimate running on my computer, and I thought I would set up a few virtual machines to help me ...
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Purchasing hard drives with non-sequential serial numbers

I've always heard that you should not purchase hard disks with sequential serial numbers for any storage system. Now I find myself, for the first time, in a position where I need to purchase around ...
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Getting Cisco UCS Server's CPU Serial Numbers

I have a Cisco UCS C240 M3S server with dual CPU failure under warranty. I am trying to find both CPU serial numbers to complete the RMA request, however cannot find any serial numbers. I have tried ...
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Explain Microsoft Licensing [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Can you help me with my software licensing question? I think most of us have to buy Microsoft licences. I suspect all of us have got confused by Microsoft's licensing ...
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License handling best practices

This is a follow up to my last post: http://serverfault.com/questions/34609/sysadmin-where-to-start on a more specific point. As I stated I was recently hired at a company to lead software ...
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Can I use the free VMWare Player for work? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Can you help me with my software licensing question? I was never good at reading and understanding commercial licenses, so I would like to ask a question. I just started ...
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How do most small businesses acquire Office licenses?

A company I sometimes consult for is relatively small (40 employees), and they have a royal mess of Office licenses. OEM, Retail, Upgrades, O2K/XP/2K3/2K7, etc. They basically buy whatever retail ...
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VMware: Make applications see Windows VM as bare metal

In a virtual environment using VMware, I want to setup a Windows license server. Unfortunately, the vendor's license server refuses to run on a VM; it must be installed on a physical machine. Since ...
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Does SQL server log shipping require a 2nd SQL license [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Can you help me with my software licensing question? I'm currently working on a high availability solution for SQL Server 2008. I have 2 servers with 1 license of ...
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How can we keep an organized inventory of server hardware, virtual guests, software licenses and associated services?

We frequently need to figure out questions like: What services would be affected if we bring down a server x? When does license x expire? Which KVM guests are on host x? Can our VMWare license ...
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Active Directory Licensing [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Can you help me with my software licensing question? I can't seem to find a clear answer to this question. What type of licenses do I need to buy ensure that everyone ...
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Activating windows virtual machines for testing? good/bad?

I am being asked to set up a battery of windows 7 flavours for a guy over in QA using VM's so that his office isn't filled with boxen. Is the common practice to activate these temporary machines or do ...
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Dell OEM XP downgrade Keys [duplicate]

I am working with a small company that purchases the XP downgrade when they order there computers from dell. They then apply an image to the systems, and need a CD key when it is finished. ...
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Can software licenses be resold? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Can you help me with my software licensing question? As there are some license that I have finished using (such as Adobe Photoshop, Microsoft Office, 3D Studio, Autodesk ...
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How are SQL Server CALs counted? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Can you help me with my software licensing question? Running a SQL Server, as far as I understand it, you need one CAL for every user who connects to the database ...
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How does one aquire the installation files to go along with a volume license or their Enterprise Agreement with Microsoft?

I have a general question about how a company usually acquires the installation media needed to install software associated with volume licenses that were purchased or that they are entitled to with ...
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Finding Windows keys in use throughout corporation

We own a lot of Windows desktop keys (XP, Vista, and Windows 7) and have documented their usage and availability. Now the documentation has fallen behind and we don't know what keys are used where. Of ...
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Are you Familiar with the Microsoft 'Internal Use' License? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Can you help me with my software licensing question? So I'd like to make sure we're keeping with the spirit and letter of the various licenses we have. Some of our ...
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Is it me or it's realy not easy to get information about Microsoft Product Licensing [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Can you help me with my software licensing question? How can we get the real information about the licensing on Microsoft product. I try to get the number of mailbox i ...
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Do non-IIS web servers running on Windows 2008 Server require Client Access Licenses? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Can you help me with my software licensing question? For web applications I would like to run a JBoss AS on a 64 Bit Windows Server 2008 R2 Standard system. Does the ...
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VMWare - Windows XP guest licensing [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Can you help me with my software licensing question? If I have a VMWare ESXi server with 4 Windows XP guests running on it, I understand that I need a separate license ...
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Reimage several of the same model PC by copying the hard disk

I have several of the same machine (Dell Precision T3500) that originally came with Windows 7 Pro (there is a Windows 7 Pro OA product key sticker on top of each one). These were initially downgraded ...
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Where can I see my CAL usage? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Can you help me with my software licensing question? We're running a SBS 2011 standard edition server and have got seven employees on different full and part time ...
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SQL Server licensing, is it per CPU? So a 32 CPU would mean like 150K in licensing? [closed]

SQL Server licensing, is it per CPU? If yes, so a 32 CPU would mean like 150K in licensing?
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Microsoft licensing and IT test servers [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Can you help me with my software licensing question? It's pretty common to hear people recommend using a "test server" for testing everything from backup/restore to ...
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Cisco ASA 5505 - need more site-to-site VPNs

I'm using a Cisco ASA 5505 50-user firewall in a co-location facility. The systems at this location are performing monitoring of additional remote sites (also running Pix or ASA devices) I've ...
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How can I get my License Key from a boot CD?

We recently acquired a server that's been in use for a while, but no associated software, logins, etc. We attempted to blank the administrator account password, but that didn't work. We also tried ...
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How can I tell what license I have on an install of SQL server, or Windows Server?

Is there any easy way to find out what license(s) are associated with a running copy of SQl Server, or Windows Server 2008? I have technet subscriptions, and an MSDN subscription, but sometimes I ...
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Licensing of Windows in backed-up virtual machines [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Can you help me with my software licensing question? If I have a development environment running in (for example) three VMWare virtual machines, each one containing a ...
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Two vSphere Essentials Plus Kits: can all hosts be part of same cluster/data center?

Say you have 6 hosts and two vSphere Essentials Plus Kits: can all 6 hosts function as part of the same vCenter (cluster, data center) umbrella or is there a restriction with licensing (i.e. you'd ...
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Cisco ASA 5505 :: Techniques for limiting consumed hosts (max 10 with base license)

Was not aware that ASA 5505 base license restricts number of concurrent hosts to 10 (RTFM, I know). Running a "show local-host" I see my host count at 8, a bit too close for comfort with a production ...
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Microsoft Action Pack vs Technet [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Can you help me with my software licensing question? I have debated for a couple of years whether or not to purchase Microsoft's Action Pack (took the tests, and ...
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How can I remove “Red Hat Network Code” from the RedHat?

The question is: How can I remove "Red Hat Network Code" from the system and what this "Network Code" actually is? The background of this question is related to the RedHat subscription as according ...
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Windows Server 2008 R2 - Remove Product Key to Force Reactivation after Deployment

I have a VM configured with internal software that needs to be sent to an outside party for evaluation. As it stands, the user who configured it also activated the software with a company issued MSDN ...
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Downgrading Windows Server 2012 R2 to WS 2012

I would like to downgrade Windows Server 2012 R2 Standard (OEM) to Windows Server 2012 Standard, the reason being instability of WS 2012 R2, most probably caused by incompatibility with the RAID ...
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Microsoft Licensing - Can I use the wrong product key? [closed]

We are in the process of moving our Microsoft software licensing from Microsoft Action Pack Subscription to Open Value Licensing. We have enough licenses for all the software that we have purchased ...
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How do I upgrade Windows Server 2008 R2 Standard (OEM Key) to Enterprise (MSDN Key) using DISM?

(Originally asked as After upgrading to 2008 R2 Enterprise and installing more RAM, Windows can only see 4.00 GB but now I know what the question really is...) My Dell server came preinstalled with ...
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SQL Server 1 processor license on dual processor system? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Can you help me with my software licensing question? Can I run a 1 processor license of SQL Server on a 2 processor system without breaking the license ? I'm not talking ...
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SQL Server 2008 licensing - do I need an external connector license? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Can you help me with my software licensing question? I want to purchase a SQL Server 2008 license to run an ASP.NET website. I have a question about external connectors ...