Unable to manage licenses in SBE 2000

Posted on 2003-03-04
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Last Modified: 2010-04-13
I have not installed the applications of Small Business Server yet (and do not want to) and apparently this means I cannot 'manage' licenses. I have a 5 client license pack I want to add to my current base of 5 licenses. I am currently using the Domain Management (Users and Computers) facilities only. I do not want to add the applications (Outlook, SQL, etc.) yet because I am still refining my base configuration (and understanding) and really don't want to be confused by a lot of additional components.

It is clear I will not be able to 'manage' or see the licenses, but I am wondering if I just run the .exe on the Client Add-on Pack, if this will add the client licenses (I am experiencing strange behaviour when I have > than 5 computers online and I suspect it is a license issue).

Alternatively, is there a route to loading the applications but not seeing them or at least are they clearly distinct from my existing Domain Management components (i.e., completely separate management consoles)?  
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cygnusX1 earned 400 total points
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I would add all that SBS will let you if you don't want to use it the you can disable its service. Also, on the client paks. If you run the exe on the disk it will add the licenses for you. Be carful though, if you add them and then reinstall them for any reasion you will need to contact MS to get an unlock code. Its not that big of a deal but just something to be aware of. Also, remember the order of the disks you add. You will have to add them in the same order the next time.
TIP: Follow the SBS Todo list and it will save you lots of time. Also if you add users and computers out side of the todo list then they will not have the full use of SBS. SBS does alot of stuff in the background to help you out.

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Okay, I'll go ahead and add the services. But you bring up something I have not seen before - the 'todo list'. Can you elaborate a wee bit? In the 1st place I am only licensing computers, not users - I expect to have many users coming and going and eventually hundreds with active accounts. But only 10 computers. However I may very well delete and add computers with some regularity as I part out old models into new motherboards/cpus. Is this 'todo list' something you run from a management console or is it part of the license pack install (which would seem to be much more onerous to have to rerun)?

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