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Old 05-13-2012, 12:23 PM
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Question on Licenses

I've been taking inventory of what licenses I have, in case I decide I want to get more for 'future proofing'.

I have the SageTV licenses keys for the various upgrades. These are for the server software -- this key is also good for one client as well, isn't it?

I have a SageTV Media Extender License Key for a MediaMVP that I no longer use. Is this key useful for anything?

I also have HD200 and HD300 that don't require keys. I'm assuming that if these die, their 'keys' die with them... ie. I can't build an HTPC replacement and somehow use the HD200/300 key with it.

Have I got this right?
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Old 05-13-2012, 02:00 PM
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I've been taking inventory of what licenses I have, in case I decide I want to get more for 'future proofing'.

I have the SageTV licenses keys for the various upgrades. These are for the server software -- this key is also good for one client as well, isn't it?

I have a SageTV Media Extender License Key for a MediaMVP that I no longer use. Is this key useful for anything?

I also have HD200 and HD300 that don't require keys. I'm assuming that if these die, their 'keys' die with them... ie. I can't build an HTPC replacement and somehow use the HD200/300 key with it.

Have I got this right?

If you intend to run SageTV for the long haul, like a decade, or two, or longer, then you should buy as many client licenses as the number of TVs you think you will have in the long term future.

The key for the SageTV media center also can work for a client. If you had two SageTV media center licenses, you could use one for a client.

The keys that are part of the HD-200 and HD-300 will die with the hardware, when it dies.

I think the MVP license might be good for the placeshifter, but I am not certain about that.

One thing for certain. Get client licenses ASAP. I realized my mistake when I did not buy a single client license and the SageTV store closed. The SageTV client license is absolutely needed to keep SageTV running for the long haul. Eventually, the HD extenders will fail, its only a matter of time.

I already purchased several client licenses and extra server licenses. I am set for the long haul. Maybe I won't need the licenses in the future if Google or Apple ever comes out with something better than SageTV. But I think it is too risky to rely on Google or Apple coming out with a product better than SageTV. It's better to keep SageTV running for as long as possible.

One thing you did not mention is backup. You should be imaging your system periodically with imaging software that can be restored to any hardware. You never know when the forum might suddenly, without warning be gone. You absolutely need a way you can recover. You should also practice recovering with a test hard drive to make sure that you can actually recover if you need to recover.

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Old 05-13-2012, 08:03 PM
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Will a linux license work for windows, and vice-versa?
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Old 05-13-2012, 10:22 PM
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Will a linux license work for windows, and vice-versa?
No, they are different licenses. There probably aren't many Linux SageTV Media Center licenses out there, compared to the number of Windows SageTV Media Center licenses.

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