Upgrade Windows 2003 std server OEM to Sbs 2003 R2 OEM

Discussion in 'Windows Small Business Server' started by David Massard, Jul 27, 2007.

  1. Hi,

    I would like to upgrade a windows 2003 std server OEM to sbs 2003 R2 OEM

    The problem is that my sbs install check tells me that i cannot upgrade
    because i my version installed is not an OEM version, an the install stops.

    Do you have any ideas?

    My keys are OEM, i can see it on the stickers.
    I cannot find any registry key for oem.

    Thanks for help
     
    David Massard, Jul 27, 2007
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  2. You cannot _Upgrade- to an OEM version
    An OEM version is designed to be installed on a clean machine.
     
    Henry Craven {SBS-MVP}, Jul 27, 2007
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  3. Hi,

    Thanks for the fast reply

    Just to be sure...
    Here is the explanation of the error message from the install process (but
    in french)

    "Une version OEM de Windows Server doit être exécutée sur cet ordinateur.Le
    programme d'installation de Windows Small Business Server 2003 doit
    s'interrompre car la version OEM de Windows Small Business Server 2003 ne
    peut pas mettre à niveau la version courante du système d'exploitation
    Windows Server. Si le système d'exploitation Windows Server a été préinstallé
    ou distribué avec votre ordinateur, il s'agit d'une version OEM."
    translation "A OEM version of windows server must be install on this
    computer. blablabla."

    Installer la version OEM de Windows Small Business Server 2003 sur un
    ordinateur exécutant la version OEM de Windows Server 2003
    translation "Install the OEM version of SBS 2003 on a computer that is
    running an OEM version of Windows Server 2003"
     
    David Massard, Jul 27, 2007
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  4. David Massard, Jul 27, 2007
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  5. Hi Henry,

    I found an interssting info in the PID.
    The OEM version was preinstalled by the manufacturer.
    When checking the PID i have the "volume licencing" Chanel Code 640 and not
    the "OEM" code.

    That's why the install check process cannont identify my OEM version.

    We have bring this information to the manufacturer, and they have escalated
    the problem to Microsoft.

    Anyway if you have any idea.

    Thanks
     
    David Massard, Jul 27, 2007
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  6. That's the first I've seen of anything like that and I'd be surprised if it
    wasn't a mistake... Usually the S/W will refuse to install as well.
     
    Henry Craven {SBS-MVP}, Jul 27, 2007
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  7. I see that a lot...
    The OEMs install from an Image that they build from a V/Licensing CD.
    Sometimes this gives you real grief it it is BIOS Locked and you want to
    re-install from the CDs using the OEM key

    Usually have to run their Installer CD, change the Key there, so it writes
    the correct (OEM) Key to the BIOS, then continue with the install.

    Would be a real pain in an Upgrade...
     
    Henry Craven {SBS-MVP}, Jul 27, 2007
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