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[Xen-users] How do I get Windows licenses for virtual machines?

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Subject: [Xen-users] How do I get Windows licenses for virtual machines?
From: Anthony Wright <anthony@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Date: Tue, 22 Dec 2009 16:28:47 +0000
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I'm having real problems trying to negotiate through Microsoft to be
able to find a license that I can buy for a Windows XP Pro or Windows 7
Pro DomU, that allows the following things:

1) There is no Windows OEM license for the hardware as Linux is the Dom0
O/S and we only install a Windows DomU on a small proportion of boxes

2) Normally the customer owns the hardware not us

We've just started shipping a product that requires this setup, and have
investigated Volume Licensing - but that requires an OEM license for the
box. SPLA licensing but that requires an OEM license & the box to be
owned by us.

The only option I've had offered by Microsoft is buying retail boxed
licenses, and while I'll go down that route if I have to, it's the most
expensive solution, and it's going to be a real administration headache
with loads of retail boxes and keys flying around.

Has anybody else had this problem before, and if so do you have any
suggestions. I really am tearing my hair out on this one.


Anthony Wright.

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