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Cannot install exchange server

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Ive tried to install exchange server 5.5 and I recieve the message that my soft will be only available for 10 current conections, why ? Im sure that the soft I use doesnt have this restrictions.
I save the instalation files to the hard disk of my NT server.
Im using NT4 SP 6.
My NT are PDC.
Thanks
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by:vinnyd79
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It sounds like a licensing issue.Check out License Manager to see how many licenses you have.You probablty need to add more licenses.
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by:jimenez
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Yes, Its a Licensing issue.
I cheked in the control panel the license manager and appears that my NT is only for 10 clients.
In the begining I had 1 PDC with no client connection restrictions, then I create a BDC (Later I found that I cannot manage licenses with this BDC). Ive shutdown the PDC, delete the computer account in the Server Manager, then promote the BDC to PDC and create a new BDC.
My questions:
If the PDC has this restrictions (10 clients) my BDC will have the same restrictions ?
What I want to do is ReInstall the BDC with no restrictions and with the name of the original PDC, then promote to PDC and then install exchange.
How Do I do that ?
Thanks again.
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by:hstiles
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You don't need to do anything quite so drastic.  I believe Exchange only supports per seat licensing, so you need to change the licensing mode used by your server from per server to per seat.  This is a one way process, so be sure you are aware of the consequences.

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andyalder earned 100 total points
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You recieved a message that it only supports 10 users during installation of Exchange? Doesn't sound like a licensing issue to me, sounds more like a MSDN, NFR or academic copy to me which means that the limit is hard coded outside of license manager. Might also explain why the BDC can't manage the server license.

Creating a BDC from a retail copy and promoting it will lose the hardcoded limit although there are some tools on the market that can comnvert these and the time-bombed demo copies to real NT for you.

Renaming the PDC or BDC isn't that hard, http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;en-us;Q150298 tells how.
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