I was reading thru another vendors administration guide to review its capabilities and I ran upon this section:
- Microsoft Windows systems distributed as OEM installations are not supported for
virtualization. Many OEM distributions are deliberately crippled so that they will not run as
a virtual machine.
Virtualizing Microsoft OEM distributions is a violation of the Microsoft Licensing Terms and
Conditions. <vendor/software> will not provide support for virtualizing OEM distributions of
Microsoft operating systems.
Recovery of Microsoft OEM distributions to new hardware is a violation of the Microsoft
Licensing Terms and Conditions. OEM distributions may only legally be recovered onto
the original hardware on which it shipped. <vendor/software> will not provide support for
recovery of OEM distributions to replacement hardware.
So I was wondering whether VBR or Veeam the company makes the same claim. Haven't seen anything of it in the documentation.
I really would like to know Veeam handles this, both from the software standpoint & from Veeam the company's point of view.
With that info as posted above, it makes me rethink the whole Server / Licensing provision issue.
Again as an MSP, I do often procure & setup new server equipment (primarily Dell servers), and I know that by default OS licenses would be OEM.
So the above criteria from a BDR standpoint makes the BDR process defunct by default.
Having this in the back of my mind before now, I often thought that Microsoft should provide exceptions when a disaster recovery situation occurs.
Would really like some definitive feedback on this issue. Hope someone can enlighten me.