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Unread 21-09-2007, 08:05 PM   #1
Ralph GCI
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Can I change Windows Server Evaluation to full

I have a Windows Server 2003 R2 setup which I installed using the ISO files
downloaded with my technet plus subscription, and used the product key
provided through technet+.

I have now purchased a Microsoft Open License for this product - is there
any way to convert my existing server to a regular license, rather than
having to wipe everything and reinstall from scratch?

Thanks
Ralph
 
Unread 21-09-2007, 08:05 PM   #2
Meinolf Weber
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Re: Can I change Windows Server Evaluation to full

Hello Ralph,


- 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
server.
- 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
had..

Best regards

Meinolf Weber
Disclaimer: This posting is provided "AS IS" with no warranties, and confers
no rights.

> I have a Windows Server 2003 R2 setup which I installed using the ISO
> files downloaded with my technet plus subscription, and used the
> product key provided through technet+.
>
> I have now purchased a Microsoft Open License for this product - is
> there any way to convert my existing server to a regular license,
> rather than having to wipe everything and reinstall from scratch?
>
> Thanks
> Ralph



 
Unread 21-09-2007, 08:05 PM   #3
Ralph GCI
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Re: Can I change Windows Server Evaluation to full

I've never had to activate Windows 2003 server before, presumably because I
have always had volume licenses through MS Open Licensing. I thought the
reason the TechNet evaluation version required a license was because it was a
retail version.
Do all volume licenses of win 2003 r2 require activation - even volume
licenses?

Can I use my Volume License key if the ISO image I got through TechNet is
the retail version ? Or am I making all the wrong assumptions here?

"Meinolf Weber" wrote:

> Hello Ralph,
>
>
> - 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
> server.
> - 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
> had..
>
> Best regards
>
> Meinolf Weber
> Disclaimer: This posting is provided "AS IS" with no warranties, and confers
> no rights.
>
> > I have a Windows Server 2003 R2 setup which I installed using the ISO
> > files downloaded with my technet plus subscription, and used the
> > product key provided through technet+.
> >
> > I have now purchased a Microsoft Open License for this product - is
> > there any way to convert my existing server to a regular license,
> > rather than having to wipe everything and reinstall from scratch?
> >
> > Thanks
> > Ralph

>
>
>

 
Unread 21-09-2007, 08:06 PM   #4
Meinolf Weber
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Re: Can I change Windows Server Evaluation to full

Hello Ralph,

If you have the volume key i think theire will be no activation. Make an
image before and then try it.

Best regards

Meinolf Weber
Disclaimer: This posting is provided "AS IS" with no warranties, and confers
no rights.

> I've never had to activate Windows 2003 server before, presumably
> because I
> have always had volume licenses through MS Open Licensing. I thought
> the
> reason the TechNet evaluation version required a license was because
> it was a
> retail version.
> Do all volume licenses of win 2003 r2 require activation - even volume
> licenses?
> Can I use my Volume License key if the ISO image I got through TechNet
> is the retail version ? Or am I making all the wrong assumptions
> here?
>
> "Meinolf Weber" wrote:
>
>> Hello Ralph,
>>
>> - 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
>> server.
>> - 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
>> had..
>> Best regards
>>
>> Meinolf Weber
>> Disclaimer: This posting is provided "AS IS" with no warranties, and
>> confers
>> no rights.
>>> I have a Windows Server 2003 R2 setup which I installed using the
>>> ISO files downloaded with my technet plus subscription, and used the
>>> product key provided through technet+.
>>>
>>> I have now purchased a Microsoft Open License for this product - is
>>> there any way to convert my existing server to a regular license,
>>> rather than having to wipe everything and reinstall from scratch?
>>>
>>> Thanks
>>> Ralph



 
Unread 21-09-2007, 09:06 PM   #5
Ralph GCI
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Re: Can I change Windows Server Evaluation to full

Great. Thanks for your help.

"Meinolf Weber" wrote:

> Hello Ralph,
>
> If you have the volume key i think theire will be no activation. Make an
> image before and then try it.
>
> Best regards
>
> Meinolf Weber
> Disclaimer: This posting is provided "AS IS" with no warranties, and confers
> no rights.
>
> > I've never had to activate Windows 2003 server before, presumably
> > because I
> > have always had volume licenses through MS Open Licensing. I thought
> > the
> > reason the TechNet evaluation version required a license was because
> > it was a
> > retail version.
> > Do all volume licenses of win 2003 r2 require activation - even volume
> > licenses?
> > Can I use my Volume License key if the ISO image I got through TechNet
> > is the retail version ? Or am I making all the wrong assumptions
> > here?
> >
> > "Meinolf Weber" wrote:
> >
> >> Hello Ralph,
> >>
> >> - 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
> >> server.
> >> - 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
> >> had..
> >> Best regards
> >>
> >> Meinolf Weber
> >> Disclaimer: This posting is provided "AS IS" with no warranties, and
> >> confers
> >> no rights.
> >>> I have a Windows Server 2003 R2 setup which I installed using the
> >>> ISO files downloaded with my technet plus subscription, and used the
> >>> product key provided through technet+.
> >>>
> >>> I have now purchased a Microsoft Open License for this product - is
> >>> there any way to convert my existing server to a regular license,
> >>> rather than having to wipe everything and reinstall from scratch?
> >>>
> >>> Thanks
> >>> Ralph

>
>
>

 
 

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