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HP sells Microsoft Server licenses in a number of ways. To ensure customers purchase the right HP ProLiant server with the right Windows Server edition, HP developed the HP OEM Microsoft Server Reseller Option Kit (ROK), that delivers, value pricing, flexible choices, one- stop ordering, and single source support to help you be more productive, achieve more with your investment and keep your business running smoothly.
- HP ROK is the very same Windows Server operating system you would get directly from Microsoft. However, through the OEM agreement with Microsoft, HP is able to customise and optimize Windows Server specifically for ProLiant servers and it is BIOS-locked to ensure it can only be installed on ProLiant servers.
- HP ROK may only be purchased with a new ProLiant server. Resellers must affix the COA (Certificate of Authenticity) to the server before shipping to a customer. HP ROK cannot be purchased as a stand-alone or separate option.
HP ROK is the very same Windows Server operating system you would get directly from Microsoft. However, through HP's OEM agreement with Microsoft, HP is able to customize and optimized Windows Server specifically for ProLiant servers and is BIOS-locked to ensure it can only be installed on ProLiant servers. Our customers need tools that accelerate the complexity of getting servers deployed quickly and inexpensively. HP Intelligent Provisioning (HP IP) provides a server-provisioning tool that eliminates media and time-consuming effort as all required drivers and software tools are pre-loaded onto your ProLiant Gen8 server.
No configuration CDs to use, no drivers to find, no guesswork. HP IP recognizes if system software is out-of-date and automatically downloads the latest version's update direct from the Internet, eliminating 45% of server configuration steps and deploying servers 3x faster.
When you choose the HP OEM branded version, HP includes free electronic or telephone support incident for initial setup for 90 days from the date of purchase. If the label reads 'Microsoft', HP will provide its normal warranty support for the server but would charge for software support.