TECHNET EVAL to PRODUCTION USE WITHOUT Reinstallation (technet user!)

Discussion in 'Windows Server' started by pall2006, Jul 10, 2007.

  1. pall2006

    pall2006 Guest

    I built a 2003 Server using my technet 2003r2 Server evaluation copy. I
    like to make this a production server now. I'm in the process of purchasing
    a new copy of (open value )Server 2003r2 and would like to use this license
    having to rebuild the server. Is there a process to apply the new license I
    purchased to the existing evaluation copy? I intend to use the Exchanage
    server 2007 as well. Thank you
    pall2006, Jul 10, 2007
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  2. pall2006

    caStorm Guest

    I was told by my vendor (CDW) that it is possible, so I purchased the
    license. Now that I have the license, no one in their team is responding to
    my email regarding instructions on how to enter it. That's what brought me to
    this newsgroup. I'm in the same situation - I have an active server running
    eval Server 2003 R2 that would expire soon. I have the license number, but
    can't figure out how to enter it.
    caStorm, Jul 17, 2007
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  3. Hi there,

    This is one way that works for mostly all type of upgrade you want to do. It
    worked for me to update my VLK 2003 Server with SP1 to a Activate to use
    Server 2003 R2 SP2... and here's how i did it... all legit:

    -Use your technet to download the Windows 2003 R2 SP2 CD (there are 2 CD for
    - Insert the CD in your server, and reboot the server
    - Once you get te "press any key to boot from CD... " do so
    - When you are prompted to press F6 to add drivers, do so if you need to...
    and proceed to the next step
    - Once you are up to the install/repair (with recovery console) chose to
    install then proceed to the next step
    - Press F8 to acknowledge the license, then the installer will search for an
    already installed version of Windows and should discover your current 2K3
    - Choose to repair this installation and the upgrade will proceed.
    - Once it pops you the screen to select the keyboard, language and regional
    settings, ajust it to you needs...
    - It should then ask for your License number, which you can enter here (make
    sure it's your new valid license) and continue installation.
    - Installation will complete and reboot your server.
    - Log in with your user account and voila... you should be back to where you
    left it out last time except, you will have 60 days to activate your
    windows, and you will need to re-apply all windows update since you have a
    mostly new install of windows with all the software and configuration you

    I successfuly migrated like dozens of server like that that were installed
    using a VLK key and/or evaluation technet software to full production Retail

    Just make sure you have the proper CD-DVD for the installation, as the
    product ID and volume name are checked upon installation and it could cause
    you problem if you have the wrong CD/DVD and licence number.

    Good Luck!
    Denis Lamothe, Jul 17, 2007
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