how to add licence key in SBS2k3 if I haven't a server manager

Posted on 2006-04-03
Last Modified: 2013-12-03

I need help, I installed the windows SBS 2k3 and after that,  I promote this server to the DC with out the installation wizard, but with the DCPROMO command. Well, now I can't add a licenc key, becauste I can't start the licence manager. :(

If  I try update the licence, I meen increment number per server number key via network, with another licence manager on the diferent server... it's vision like as okay, but after few minutes ago is back my old 5 licence per server via default from the instalation.

thank for any suggestion

Question by:vostrak
    LVL 95

    Accepted Solution

    Why did you NOT use the installation Wizard?  SBS has lots of weirdisms and problems if you don't use the wizards - it's annoying, it's stupid, but that's how it is.  I once wanted to setup OUs in a more logical (for me) scheme - that broke my logons where they now took HOURS to finish.

    Try running
    "C:\Program Files\Microsoft Windows Small Business Server\Administration\LaunchConsole.exe"

    And adding the licenses via that.

    Author Comment

    why? why no! the installation wizard will install some program what I don't want to use, for example Windows SharePoint Services, I don't want install this program, because this server should be only for businness user, so I need only the file system with some share and Exchange. And in the wizard, I can't disable this feature, but the Microsoft say YES, YOU CAN ;) But yes, now I know, it was stupid :(

    And at your answer, I haven't this folder in my program files. Well, I try put the original CD's to my CD-ROM and try rerun the installation process on the windows system - I meen, I will try use the first installation wizard what is runing when I make first boot.

    thanx and BR

    LVL 74

    Expert Comment

    by:Jeffrey Kane - TechSoEasy
    You must reinstall your server according to the way it was designed.  You don't need to use SharePoint if you don't want to, but not installing the complete server package will stop you from being able to update it in the future.

    Also, if you promoted the server using DCPROMO does this mean that you have another FSMO Master server on your network?  If so, you must downgrade that server.  SBS MUST hold all FSMO master roles and must be the root of the domain forest.


    Author Comment


    well, I rerun the wizard, the SBS update neccessery files on the server, and now I can start the licence manager and I  can update and intall our new CAL licence.


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