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Can the customer utilize their own retail/volume license/select licenses from Microsoft to upgrade their appliances to Windows 2003 or SQL 2005?

Can the customer utilize their own retail/volume license/select licenses from Microsoft to upgrade their appliances to Windows 2003 or SQL 2005?

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Re: Can the customer utilize their own retail/volume license/select licenses from Microsoft to upgrade their appliances to Windows 2003 or SQL 2005?

Hi Raj,

No.  Because of the legal agreement between McAfee and Microsoft.  It regulates the sale and delivery of the OEM version of Windows 2003 and SQL Server 2000/2005.

Microsoft's EULA states that customers who have the OEM Version cannot utilize otherwise licensed versions to upgrade the OEM version.

To upgrade the customer must purchase the OEM licenses from the vendor that originally supplied the software (McAfee).

You can contact your McAfee sales team for details on the upgrade kit.

-Cathy

Re: Can the customer utilize their own retail/volume license/select licenses from Microsoft to upgrade their appliances to Windows 2003 or SQL 2005?

Cathy,

Very informative response. To further Raj's question, is it correct to assume that customer's can upgrade all of their respective software licenses for systems running Foundstone that are not appliance-based. For example, on systems where the Foundstone Enterprise Software was just installed on top of W2K3. Is the same true for the Foundstone DB on MS SQL too?

Thanks,

Team McAfee at Ciphent

Re: Can the customer utilize their own retail/volume license/select licenses from Microsoft to upgrade their appliances to Windows 2003 or SQL 2005?

It basically comes down to whether or not the MS software was originally installed using the customer's own license, or McAfee's OEM license.  If the customer originally purchased their own licenses, then they can upgrade using their own licenses as well.  If the MS software was supplied by McAfee for our appliances, per Microsoft you must purchase the upgrade licenses through McAfee.

-Chris

Message was edited by: Chris Taylor on 11/5/09 10:16 AM

Re: Can the customer utilize their own retail/volume license/select licenses from Microsoft to upgrade their appliances to Windows 2003 or SQL 2005?

Great thanks Chris.

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