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Tag Archives: Windows Server 2003

Upgrading a Windows 2003 Guest VM to Windows 2008

A sensible approach to upgrading aging operating systems is to virtualize first and upgrade later. Upgrading an operating system is never a light undertaking under any circumstances. Doing so in a virtual environment gives you the comfort of a snapshot safety net, but adds its own challenges.

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Problems with P->V of OEM Windows Server 2003

When virtualized, an OEM installation of Server 2003 will detect hardware changes and attempt to force activation before allowing you to log on. Unfortunately, most OEM keys have been deactivated at the licensing center, so this will usually fail. You cannot update the key to a retail or volume key, as they are actually different products.

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