Licensing Questions Thread, MAK keys and test virtual machines in Technical; So this summer we're moving to Server 2008 R2 and Windows 7 (from Novell and XP!) hence I am finding ...
4th April 2011, 12:55 PM #1
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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4th April 2011, 01:05 PM #2
I heard you have to phone Microsoft up for keys to be released.
4th April 2011, 01:12 PM #3
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
4th April 2011, 01:19 PM #4
Can you not setup a KVS or are your keys just MAK?
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