We have an expired Windows 2003 evaluation (for various reasons.) And must upgrade this one to an open lisence version.
Logging in normally, crashes the server (STOP: EVAL_EXPIRED.) But safte mode works. The server works normallt if we do not log in! Trying to upgrade from safe mode fails (must run adprep which crashes under Windows 2003.) We have condluded that it is impossible to upgrade an expired version(?)
Discussions amongst ourselves have dug out this solution to the problem: We have a Windows Server 2003 Evaluation (Member Server) installed on another machine. We could promote this one to DC, transfer FSMO roles, DNS, etc. Running dcpromo on the new machine should be ok, but does it need being run on the old (expired) server? I have read this thread
and here it says that the old server must be demoted - but I think that could be a little difficult...
Have anyone got any suggestions / help for us?