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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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Ethics and Windows License Stickers [duplicate]

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After upgrading to 2008 R2 Enterprise and installing more RAM, Windows can only see 4.00 GB

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Central management of Microsoft licenses

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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]

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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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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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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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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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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]

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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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Dell OEM XP downgrade Keys

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 ...
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PXE bootable image for terminal server?

We have 300 windows xp machines on cruddy old hardware across the company. With extended support for XP ending April next year we're looking into our options. Couple of options: Replace the 300 ...
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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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KMS - all clients remain in “Initial Grace Period”

I've set up KMS on a Server 2008 R2 Datacenter machine and all looks pretty good. The proper DNS entry got added and Windows 7 clients are listed on the server. They have all stayed in the "Initial ...
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Terminal Server Licensing: This Licensing ID will expire within 90 days [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Can you help me with my software licensing question? I logged into my Microsoft portal to check out if I can migrate my Terminal Services licenses from a 2003 to 2008 ...
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Does vSphere client restrict the number of cores for VMs?

We just installed it on our new server and have found that using the vSphere client we cannot create a virtual machine with more than 32 cores (Our host has 64). Is this normal behaviour? We haven't ...
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Microsoft Licensing for the small business [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Can you help me with my software licensing question? I run a small it shop with roughly 60 PCs currently. We add about 5 to 10 new employees annually. Up to this point, ...
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Can Exchange Server Standard handle 1000 employees? [closed]

I'm working in an organization where all users has a Standard Exchange CAL license, and Exchange Server Standard Server license is available. The organization has around 1000 users. Can we use the ...
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Can I use my Microsoft Technet product keys after my subscription expires? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Can you help me with my software licensing question? Can I use my Microsoft Technet Product Keys after my subscription expires? I'm coming due in a couple of months and ...
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Windows Licensing for Virtual Machine (VirtualPC) Usage [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Can you help me with my software licensing question? We're looking to implement a continuous integration/build machine process that will build our product and deploy ...
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Tools for auditing software license compliance

We need to get Office install numbers and compare them to license counts in order to ensure compliance. What tools are there for querying software installations on the network?
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windows server 2008 R2 licensing [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Can you help me with my software licensing question? Hey, Quick question which I've be unable to find an answer to for some reason. Will Windows server 2008 license keys ...
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Windows 7 Enterprise Volume License version on MSDN

I want to download Windows 7 Enterprise from my MSDN subscription. I can see Win7 Enterprise listed, but it gives me the option to get a key. This isn't what I want - I need a version of the media ...
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Windows CAL clarification [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Can you help me with my software licensing question? I'm hoping that someone can clear up a question regarding the ever confusing Microsoft client access licensing. ...
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Licensing a SQL DR box [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Can you help me with my software licensing question? I'm tempted to use a DR server which holds a mirrored copy of a database to also perform test restores and integrity ...
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Windows Vista MAK keys and Volume Licensing [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Can you help me with my software licensing question? So when I go into the Volume Licensing Service Center and review our current used/available MAK activations, it says ...
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Windows Server CALs Explanation Please [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Can you help me with my software licensing question? Can we please get a straightforward answer for a simple environment with CALs and how many need to be purchased? ...