- From: Steve <stevecox4444@xxxxxxxxx>
- Date: Tue, 15 Jan 2008 23:28:16 -0800 (PST)
This is the history on this debacle:
* We have an existing server that we are concerned may be on its last
* Rather than waiting for it to die, we are pre-emptively attempting
to recreate exactly what we currently have as far as software (both
Windows and Applications) goes but on a different machine.
* Once this is done and has proved stable, we will wipe the old server
and use it as a backup. We have been told that this is permitted under
the Microsoft licensing as long as it is a fall back position only and
not being used to "cheat" and create two servers. That is all we are
trying to do
* The server we are pre-emptively replacing had Windows server 2003
and Microsoft Office 2003 on it as well as other unrelated software
* As part of the attempt to replicate the server, we became aware that
there was a chance that, through no fault or action on our part nor
with our knowledge, the copy of Windows Server 2003 may have been
* To ensure that we end up with what we thought we already had, we
have purchased a (what to us is an additional) copy of Server 2003,
agenuine attempt to get leagel even though we didnt know we weren't
* This has been installed
* We now wish to install the same functionality for Office 2003, which
has always been a legal copy.
* Microsoft have changed their licensing rules for Office 2007.
* Despite the fact that we have numerous licenses for Office 2007, we
are prepared to stick with Office 2003 as that is the system we are
trying to replicate.
* We are being told by our installer that we need to buy 5-10
copies of Office and cannot use our existing copy (potential cost $4k
* If our hard drive had already died, we would have be able to re-
install exactly what we had (albeit with paying for an additional copy
of server 2003 because of past transgressions by a technician).
* Why cannot we do this now given this is a pre-emptive install before
the hard drive dies and no attempt to end up with any more than we had
Bit long and boring but certaily very frustrating. I just want what I
had and am prepared to pay to make the Server 2003 legal (even though
I wasnt aware it was illegal in the first place)
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