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How do I transfer my licenses from server 2000 to server 2003

Posted on 2006-06-28
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We just change our DC’s from Windows 2000 Server to Windows Server 2003
Enterprise. We completely changed out the hardware so these machines are NOT
2000 Server upgraded systems. The problem we have is that the Windows
Licensing did not transfer to the new DC’s. As we turned off the old 2000
Servers our licensing stopped and our users lost access to their documents
and file servers. The logs showed they were not getting a license to access
the server. We had to turn on the one (1) old DC that has the licensing on it
to make everything work. I have searched and searched for a solution for this
on the internet and on Microsoft’s web site and there is no information on
how to transfer this from one server to another.
 Please Note: This is NOT Terminal Server Licensing this is the Main Licensing where your Server, Exchange  licenses are displayed. If anyone out there knows how to move this please let me know.

One last thought, do I have to purchase brand new CALS?
Also my exchange 2003.
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by:Sembee
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Two things.

1. CALs are OS specific. So your Windows 2000 CALS are not valid for Windows 2003.
2. As long as this isn't SBS - turn off the licensing logging service. It is a piece of junk that just gets in the way. I actually disable that service with group policy to make sure that it doesn't cause any problems.
In the event that you are audited, what the license logging service says will be ignored anyway. You don't get anything from Microsoft to put in to that tool when you buy CALs.

Simon.
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by:Yves Mellet
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Thanks on your answer.  I really really appreciate it.

1.  So my 2000 cals won't work.
2.  It's not SBS, they are all enterprise.

So if I turn this server completely off (for testing) then my users will still be able to get in.   This includes windows server and exchange server??
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Turn the Licensing Logging Service off and the server will continue to operate normally. I thought it was disabled by default on Windows 2003, but disabling it is such a natural reaction that I could be wrong.

Your Windows 2000 CALs are no longer valid. There isn't a concept of working or not with CALs, as there is nothing to make them work (or not). You just need to own them. CALs are operated on the honour system. You could get away with having none - but that would be against the license agreement and in the event of an audit would be a failure.

Simon.
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by:Yves Mellet
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Thanks, that is what I needed to know after having the old windows 2000 server offline for a week just to make sure everything was working, it worked.  So i just need to upgrade my cals or just buy new ones for windows 2003 server.
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