adhutton (11th September 2013)
EES Licensing Guide
If you discover that you have existing PCs
that lack the necessary full license for a qualifying operating system, talk to
your Microsoft reseller about the Get Genuine Windows Agreement for Academic
(GGWA-A). GGWA-A provides a simple, cost-effective way for you to acquire full
licenses for Windows 7 Home Premium. These licenses fulfill your requirement
for a full qualifying operating system. Once you have acquired the full
operating system license, you are then eligible to license those PCs for
Windows 7 Enterprise Upgrade through EES. Learn more at www.microsoft.com/piracy/knowthefacts/LegalizationSolutions.aspx.
What I specifically need to know is if I buy a couple of microservers (for storage/backup purposes) with Microsoft Windows Home Server 2011 installed, can I then upgrade them to full Windows Server 2008R2 and be covered by our EES license?
No, there's no auto upgrade rights for Server OS in EES. In fact they are not included in EES as standard.
Yes, you can buy Server OS licences under EES (but may work out cheaper getting normal volume licenses).
MS don't sell server upgrades to the best of my knoweldge. Whatever license agreement you buy under it's always the full product. It's only desktop Windows that is sold as an upgrade and requires either full retail or OEM versions already on the machine.
Remember with EES you have to pay the subscription each year. If you're not planning to upagrade the server OS every 3 years then Select licensing is usually cheaper.
You cannot upgrade a server licence using EES.
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