SBS2003 Eval Upgrade to SBS2003 OEM Std Edition

Discussion in 'Windows Small Business Server' started by NickLeeds, Feb 24, 2005.

  1. NickLeeds

    NickLeeds Guest

    I have an SBS2003 Std Evaluation installation that is very near te end of its
    eval period (6days), I have acquired SBS2003 Standard OEM which I now believe
    cannot be used to 'upgrade' the original eval installation.
    My question is... if a new installation of SBS2003 Std OEM was installed -
    could the backup fro the eval installation be used to impose the original
    data & system settings etc. onto the new vanilla installation?
    NickLeeds, Feb 24, 2005
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    Lonny Cruff Guest

    Not likely. This hasn't worked with previous versions either. You can
    export crucial settings, like email to .pst files and then do a clean
    install. In my opinion (and experience!) that will take less time than
    trying to backup and restore from the eval version. Good luck!

    Thanx, ;-)

    Lonny Cruff, Feb 24, 2005
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    prof chen Guest

    From what I gather only the Retail version can be used to license an
    Eval version without reinstalling.

    Is that right?

    Can the Premium evaluation be downgraded to a normal Standard version
    when the trial period expires?
    prof chen, Feb 24, 2005
  4. It makes sense that the evaluation wouldn't be upgradeable by OEM, I think.

    If you have eval running on a box, then you have the box prior to sourcing
    the OEM version. As OEM is tied to hardware, and the hardware was purchased
    prior to the OEM, you can't use it to upgrade ?

    How did you end up with OEM, did it come with hardware ?
    Les Connor [SBS Community Member - SBS MVP], Feb 24, 2005
  5. NickLeeds

    NickLeeds Guest

    we are a firm of system builders, so we are OEM's as well as end users.
    I have decided to just buy a retail version, there is enough about the
    subject on this newsgroup to put anybody off trying to save a couple of quid.
    cheers :)

    NickLeeds, Feb 24, 2005
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