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Windows 2003 Multiple Installations With One Cd?

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Is it possible to install one Windows 2003 Operating system on 3 or more servers and activate it without problems? If yes, Then Thanx a lot. If no, why and what can i do except buy 2 other installation CD

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Yes, you still can install multiple servers from the same disk but Microsoft would only recognize one installation as valid. Now, picture this scenario: You install the OS on a system, then un-install and re-install it on another system, do you need to get another license? No! The license permits one and only one installation at a time.

The same logic applies to installing multiple copies of the OS from the same CD. Only the 1st copy is legal in the eye of Microsoft. You will need to buy server license for the others if you are so concerned about the legal issues. They would however still work without new licenses.

Do you know that OEM manufacturers like HP, DELL etc actually install from just one CD(image), but the have licenses for multiple installation? The COA on the systems represent these unique licenses but the currently active installations all have THE SAME license. Try it, check the installed keys on more than one systems in a specific brand/model/batch pair.

I dont have a direct link to purchase site, but I'll check it out for you later.

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Thanks man!!!

I thought CALs are supposed to be for the clients that want to access the server.

The question is if i have to get a SERVER ACCESS LICENSE!!!

Im trying to install the O/S using the same installation as before and my vendor from microsoft says i have to get new installation CDs. It just dont make sense to me!! thats y i wanna find out if i  can just install with the same installation CD and buy licenses so that it wont seem as if i am a pirate - this one micosoft's selling their products with red eye! one cant be too careful o!

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Thanks man!!!

I thought CALs are supposed to be for the clients that want to access the server

The question is if i have to get a SERVER

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Asking too many questions? Nah! It just shows you WANT to learn, and thanks to Nairaland, you'll get plenty answers here. Just curious, are you setting up a super data center with so much servers that the 5 CALs you already have cant cover?

For the more details on CAL pricing, click[b] HERE[/b]

You might want to check HERE to get more information on the acquiring CALs and more.

Hope this helps some more!. . . and BTW, Happy Valentines'!

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Guess ur question has bn answrd, bt if i were u, i ll go ahead wit d installation o lol,kallas!

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