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I built 2 servers about a month ago, using our action pack windows server 2003 R2 copy.  I activated one, and we ordered a copy of windows server r2 for the other one.  It took longer than expected to get the server 2003 in, and the unactivated server locked.

I now try to activate it, and click on the "change product key" in order to type in my new normal OEM windows server 2003 key, and I am told that it's an invalid key.

Is there any way around this?  Is a windows server R2 action pack copy a different OS than a Windows server 2003 R2 OEM?

thanks!
Terry
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I believe they are different and thus would use different keys.  

See this link:
http://members.microsoft.com/partner/indonesia/actionpack/ProductActivation.aspx

Specifically, look at the bottom about the lease information.  You're going to need to talk to MS about this one.
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While it is true that these products are different, and there is no way to use the valid product key for my invalid/action pack copy of windows, I did find another answer.

Instead of trying to change the product key, I simply booted from the CD of my new, valid copy of windows 2003 R2, and when setup asked if I would like to repair a copy of windows I simply selected my existing installation.  It reinstalled, and asked for my product key, and got me up and running with all my settings retained.
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Good to hear,  I'll have to keep note of that.
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thanks for the help
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