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Windows XP Pro Raid 1 or 5 need license per hard drive

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Anonymous
July 28, 2005 1:11:14 PM

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I heard from a friend who is a MCSE engineer. He told me that if I want
to build a computer system with RAID 1 or 5, I will need an OS license
per hard drive in a single workstation.

E.G with RAID 1 need 2 WinXP Pro licenses
if with RAID 5 it needs 3 WinXP Pro licenses.

I have consulted with microsoft website but cannot find any info.
Does anyone out there have any ideas or information on this issue.
Thank you in advance.
Anonymous
July 28, 2005 3:34:18 PM

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You only need one(1) Windows XP license for one (1) installation
of Windows XP installed on one (1) computer. Installing a RAID
only requires one (1) installation of the operating system.

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"delllim" wrote:

| I heard from a friend who is a MCSE engineer. He told me that if I want
| to build a computer system with RAID 1 or 5, I will need an OS license
| per hard drive in a single workstation.
|
| E.G with RAID 1 need 2 WinXP Pro licenses
| if with RAID 5 it needs 3 WinXP Pro licenses.
|
| I have consulted with microsoft website but cannot find any info.
| Does anyone out there have any ideas or information on this issue.
| Thank you in advance.
Anonymous
July 28, 2005 10:37:48 PM

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In article <1122567074.345507.116700@g47g2000cwa.googlegroups.com>,
delllim@gmail.com says...
> I heard from a friend who is a MCSE engineer. He told me that if I want
> to build a computer system with RAID 1 or 5, I will need an OS license
> per hard drive in a single workstation.
>
> E.G with RAID 1 need 2 WinXP Pro licenses
> if with RAID 5 it needs 3 WinXP Pro licenses.
>
> I have consulted with microsoft website but cannot find any info.
> Does anyone out there have any ideas or information on this issue.
> Thank you in advance.

Now that's funny. Microsoft has never licensed per drive, not ever. They
do license per CPU for some software - like MS SQL, when used with a web
server, requires a CPU license per CPU installed in the SQL server.

Windows XP, and any version of the workstation OS, does not require a
per-CPU license.

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Anonymous
July 29, 2005 1:18:08 AM

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I have verified with Microsoft Licensing Team, they have informed us
that it is not EULA compliance for WinXP / Win2k to have a raid 1 / 5
configuration to have only 1 end-user license (oem).

In other words, it means that if I need to install microsoft built-in
software RAID 1(2 HDD) with WinXP, I need 2 WinXP Pro end-user license.
In hardware RAID 5 (3 HDD)configuration, I need 3 WinXP Pro license.

I have not heard of it, although I have been a computer savy for years.
I am just surprised to heard from Microsoft Licensing team that it is
wrong to configure RAID in WINXP with 1 license.

I have read through the Win2K EULA carefully and there is no mention of
RAID in there. Is there anyone out there who have more knowledge than I
am, pls try to help clear up matter. I expect it will affect a lot of
OEM builders and self-build server.
Anonymous
July 30, 2005 12:56:17 PM

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delllim@gmail.com wrote:
> I have verified with Microsoft Licensing Team, they have informed us
> that it is not EULA compliance for WinXP / Win2k to have a raid 1 / 5
> configuration to have only 1 end-user license (oem).
>
> In other words, it means that if I need to install microsoft built-in
> software RAID 1(2 HDD) with WinXP, I need 2 WinXP Pro end-user license.
> In hardware RAID 5 (3 HDD)configuration, I need 3 WinXP Pro license.
>

I've never heard anything so absurd! Are you sure that whomever you
spoke with didn't misunderstand the question?


> I have not heard of it, although I have been a computer savy for years.
> I am just surprised to heard from Microsoft Licensing team that it is
> wrong to configure RAID in WINXP with 1 license.
>

The WinXP EULA makes it clear that you can install a single copy of the
OS on a single computer. There is absolutely *NO* mention of RAID arrays.



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