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    Microsoft Volume Licensing for Servers

    We are planning on purchasing a few new servers in the next few months and I've started to look at Microsoft licensing for Windows Server 2008.

    What is considered a "qualified upgrade product" to be eligible to use a volume license for Windows Server 2008? Meaning, what operating system would I have to already be licensed for, to use a volume license for the server.

    I've looked over the Microsoft documentation and could not find any helpful information on this.

    Thank you.

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    They mean Server 2003

    Windows Server 2008 Web Edition
    Supersedes Windows Server 2003 Web Edition

    Windows Server 2008 Standard Edition
    Supersedes Windows Server 2003 R2 Standard Edition, Windows Server 2003 R2 Standard x64 Edition

    Windows Server 2008 Enterprise Edition

    Supersedes Windows Server 2003 R2 Enterprise Edition, Windows Server 2003 R2 Enterprise x64 Edition

    Windows Server 2008 Datacenter Edition
    Supersedes Windows Server 2003 R2 Datacenter Edition, Windows Server 2003 R2 Datacenter x64 Edition

    A single Windows Server 2008 package contains both 32-bit and 64-bit versions. The server license grants the customer the option to use either the 32-bit version or the 64-bit version of the software.
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    That makes sense now, thank you!

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    I was looking at Microsoft Licensing online and found the following item under Academic Open volume licensing:
    Server Windows Standard 2008 Windows License Only No Media Included (Open), Full New License (English) Manufacturer Part# P73-04145

    I was wondering if anyone knows if the "Full new license" part means that Microsoft has changed policies and this volume license could be legally installed on a brand new server, with no previous OS. I know that desktop OS licenses are only upgrades through Volume License.

    I am guessing I still need to buy a retail copy of Windows Server 2008, but wanted to check. Thanks.

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    This was always the case at least in the past several years, the exsisting OS bit only applied to workstations. We have not required base OSs on our servers for over 10 years.

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    Synack is correct. It is only when licensing the desktop OS (Vista, XP) through VL that you need an existing, qualifying OS on the system. The server OSs are not included and a VL version of server can be installed on a bare metal box.

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    I might be (and probably am) wrong here but I was talking to Richard Morgan @ Ramesys a day or two ago because our yearly renewal is here and we mentioned Server 2008. Basically to get that on the School Renewal is not worth doing. Its approx. £28 per year to add it to the cover, or approx. £54 to buy it outright. Basically after two years of 'renting' it you may as well of bought it and keep it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ninjabeaver View Post
    I might be (and probably am) wrong here but I was talking to Richard Morgan @ Ramesys a day or two ago because our yearly renewal is here and we mentioned Server 2008. Basically to get that on the School Renewal is not worth doing. Its approx. £28 per year to add it to the cover, or approx. £54 to buy it outright. Basically after two years of 'renting' it you may as well of bought it and keep it.
    What about Datacenter though? Plus you get software assurance on it.

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