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I've managed to find the location. It's in the registry: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\System\Setup\PID 270 means Volume Licence media was used for install OEM means OEM Media was used for install 296 means MSDN media was used for install 335 means Retail media was used for install There are others I believe, but those four should be the most common.


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Typically, volume licenses will be linked to a portal or account login for the Microsoft Volume Licensing Service Center or Microsoft Next Generation Volume Licensing websites. If your organization doesn't have an account established, please do so. You should be able to link to your licenses and see the relevant installation media downloads.


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I'd say the key benefit of Open Licenses is that they simplify management. If you have licenses, all you need to do for compliance is count how many copies of each version you have installed and check that you have the licenses for them all - no worrying about upgrades, OEM, etc. You only need to buy 5 licenses at one time to get into the program, so it's ...


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The absolute least-expensive way to do this, if it applies to your particular situation, is to join one of Microsoft's start-up programs: BizSpark or WebsiteSpark. Each has different requirement to join, covers a certain niche, and offers different levels of access to Microsoft's products. However, both offer 3 years of program appropriate production ...


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It sounds like you have answered your own question, with Sam clarifying it. Windows Server Web, using included IIS and SQL Server Express. The only thing you pay for is Windows Server. However, there is a point where it won't scale, both in disk/database size legally and transaction volume in performance. In the interest of throwing out an alternative ...


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I share the annoyance that a lot of Server Fault members share for these "dickering" questions about software license agreements. Arguing about technicalities is futile because, frankly, the legal venue you'd be placed into to defend your infringing use of software isn't going to be welcoming to such arugments. The End User License Agreement (EULA) for ...


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1000 users on a decent server is nothing. I think 10.000 is where you need an additional server. Clustering is more about - what do you do when your server fails? Wait? 1000 users FOR ME would mean enterprise license, not because it is technically needed, but because at the end I would want clustering on 2 machiens so that I can avoid downtime on a hardware ...


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I'm affraid it's impossible. You can only try to apply it to products you have (in newer software made by Microsoft there is option change product key; when key does not work nothing will happen). If you may have applied it the serial is stored in HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\ProductKey.


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Exchange is not licensed by the mailbox (which is likely why it's difficult to find that number) Exchange is licensed by CAL. There are 2 types standard and enterprise. Enterprise is only required if you are doing Unified Messaging and advanced compliance. (not by the server type as mentioned in another post). MS Licensing is sometimes complicatied but ...


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Microsoft isn't that nice, I'm afraid. You have to have an Office license for each MACHINE, and then (if you're using terminal services) you need a Windows Server CAL and a Terminal Services CAL as well. From microsoft's site on licensing: Scenario 1: A customer has 50 Windows-based desktops in a call center and would like to use Microsoft Office ...


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No it wouldn't be. You need to license the physical processors visible to the operating system. If a copy of SQL Server is running on a physical operating environment, processor licenses are required for all of the processors on that physical server. See Special Licensing Considerations. If you wish to only use 1 proc (4 cores) then you ...


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Software Assurance provides access to the new major versions of the software; for instance, a Windows Vista Software Assurance customer got automatic access to Windows 7 when it came out, for no additional cost above the Software Assurance. Basically, it's buying the software on subscription instead of paying the upgrade costs all at once when moving to a ...


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Well, lets jsut say ignoring documentation is never wise, and you did so. Your images should be sysprepped and thus geneate unique identities. as they obvfiously are not - you are in trouble.


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Sysprep the machine by running C:\Windows\System32\sysprep\sysprep.exe /generalize After that, just turn it back on and reactivate. It's a good (read: required for Microsoft to support it) idea to sysprep cloned machines anyways.


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Yes, there is. VAMT - http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=11936 Volume Activation Management Tool It can scan and read and replace the keys, as well as do activatoin operations for a number of computers (in case you need to replace and reactivate the keys). Does not handle Office, though, or SQL Server. THAT SAID: You should ...


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Regarding possible : No sir. As you should have learned from reading just about any of the technical documentation about the product that you bought, you would know that a server with Essentials on it is a domain controller, which, by definition, means that it must be in a domain. Regarding licensing : such questions are explicitly off-topic here for ...


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I agree that Open License works well for even small organizeations. The five minimum is easy to reach. It can seem confusing but a good reseller can easily show the cost savings. That usually changes the perception that it is complex. As to the action pack licesnes... They are for MS Partners. If they are a partner, why not buy from distribution? The ...


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Depends how much you trust your users and what kind of file sharing you got going on. You don't want free "wild west" file sharing on your DCs, so I would lock that part of it down with NTFS perms/GPOs and make sure you know what is going on there. But that being said, Microsoft builds SBS to be all-in-one server, so by implication they are saying its ok to ...


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The windows licensing site states: Windows CALs are not required when access to the server software is unauthenticated and conducted through the Internet. So, I'm not sure how this applys to Intranet sites, on first thoughts I would think it applied as well, but it depends on what Microsoft's definition of 'the Internet' is. I would call MS and ...


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Maybe I'm not understanding what it is you're "hosting" or you're misunderstanding the SPLA program. What is it exactly that you're "hosting". http://www.microsoft.com/hosting/en/us/licensing/splabenefits.aspx


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We have used OCS Inventory in the past with good success. Additionally, Tracmor looks interesting as well, but perhaps for a slightly different need. Lastly, Fusion Inventory looks like it might be helpful as well. The one thing that we did not care for with SpiceWorks was the inclusion of all of the adds that appeared within the product and the large ...


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According to Windows 7 Upgrade Eligibility and Paths: You are eligible to purchase an upgrade to any version of Windows 7 if you own any previous version of Windows starting with XP or later. Windows 98, 2000, and ME don’t qualify you to purchase an upgrade. If the PC you want to install Windows 7 on has a version of Windows older than XP, ...


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Let's just start by saying that the TechNet software is not meant for production systems but for testing and development only. You download the ISOs and then you install them on either a physical machine or a virtual machine. You don't use TechNet "on the Windows XP", TechNet isn't an application, it's a membership. After your membership expires you will ...


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If users are individually identified in any way at all then a Windows Server CAL is required. Individually identified is not restricted to Windows Server authentication. If a user is individually identified through any means at all then a Windows Server CAL is required. The term "or through any other means" was added to the licence terms for Windows Server ...


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It depends. If you can count every user (eg Corporate Intranet) you need one CAL per user/device If you can not count your users (eg Internet) you need Processor Licenses The latter does not mean "registered users": it means any potentil user on your site, or 6 billion CALs. Sometime Processor licensing is cheaper for a Corporate Intranet Read the ...


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Get Software Assurance licensing for the 300 PCs, install Windows Thin PC. Use GPO to configure: Windows Firewall Certificates (To install your Code Signing Cert) RDP Pass-Through Authentication. I like to also configure the Remote Registry service to Auto Start (Delayed), makes some maintenance easier. Set the users shell to a script in the netlogon ...


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From the context, we can see that it simply means each unique installation of Windows Server, whether physical or virtual.


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Where can I get installation sources for Windows Server 2012 that will allow activation with a commercial key? From your Microsoft Volume License Portal - likely the same place that you got the 2012 R2 ISO and key. They're two different ISOs and keys. After all, they're two different operating systems.


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Yeah it's going to be a bit of a problem. What you're "supposed" to do is buy Office via Microsoft's Volume Licensing plan, in which case you get a single product key that will work for multiple installs and bypasses activation. The same is true for Windows itself. That said, you can try something like this: ...


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Agreed - any licensing questions should be directed to Microsoft Licensing and Pre-Sales support. That said, 50 copies of Office SHOULD be cheaper than $350 per unless you're buying the top version. You can also consider using other products. OpenOffice.org is free, deployable through Group Policy, and works quite well.



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