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    MAK keys and test virtual machines

    So this summer we're moving to Server 2008 R2 and Windows 7 (from Novell and XP!) hence I am finding myself building lots of Server 2008 R2 and Windows 7 virtual machines on my PC to test certain scenarios etc out in advance.

    If I activate them using MAK keys from the Volume Licensing website is there any way to free up the keys after I am done with the virtual machines?

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    I heard you have to phone Microsoft up for keys to be released.

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    Depending on how long you are going to be using the test VMs for you can just use the grace period for activation (120 days). This is what I did when I was testing. More details for licensing in testing environments is at Windows Activation in Development and Test Environments

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    @googlemad:

    Can you not setup a KVS or are your keys just MAK?

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