OEM License Replaced System Board and SQL Activation

Discussion in 'Windows Small Business Server' started by Paul, Sep 5, 2005.

  1. Paul

    Paul Guest

    Hi All,

    I am having a problem with SQL validation of product key.

    Here is the situation; I have an HP ML150G2 with an OEM copy of SBS2k3
    Premium. The system board was replaced under warranty last week and
    everything came up fine after changing NIC info. I was experiencing a problem
    with shadow copy too so I decided to rebuild the O/S this weekend. The
    install went with out error although I was not given the option of entering a
    product key. (Didn’t know if this was b/c of an OEM install, I usually work
    with full license) Prior to that it had SQL installed on the SharePoint
    instance and full text search was enabled and working. Now after doing a
    clean O/S install and then install SQL again I get the message “Error –
    unable to validate product key†I am getting the information off of the OEM
    license attached to the server and using the HP supplied media. I have
    checked / entered the entry multiple times to make sure there are no typos,
    still no luck. I then ran Magical Jelly Bean Keyfinder to verify the install
    key and it is not the same as the OEM license. I don’t know where it came
    from or how to change it. Does anyone have any idea what is going on and how
    to fix it?

    Thanks for your help,

    Paul, Sep 5, 2005
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  2. Paul

    Jeff Teel Guest

    I had a similar situation when installing Premium parts of my SBS too (on
    the first time). There were two problems for me. One....I was trying to put
    in the wrong key and after I discovered which key I should use I had one
    character typed in wrong. There are two key tags stuck on the server (at
    least in a Dell OEM install). One for Outlook/FrontPage the other for SQL
    ect... The numbers were so small on my tag that it was hard to tell a zero
    from an O or a B from an 8. So check the numbers/letters to be sure they are
    correct and that you are using the correct key for SQL.

    Jeff Teel, Sep 5, 2005
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