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My customer built his own server and I installed SBS2003 on it. I was dubious because he bought cheap hardware and built the server himself to save money.

He has been getting errors on his drives. I've swapped these out and tested them on another box. They seem fine. So i'm thinking now that there's a problem on his motherboard.

So the best suggestion I can make to him now would be to replace all the hardware with good quality gear. The problem is that he would need a fresh copy of SBS. Is there any provision within the licensing for moving SBS onto new hardware when someone decides to upgrade his hardware?

I would prefer to tell my customer to buy a new server from Dell with everything pre-installed, but I know what his reaction will be when I tell him that his current  copy of SBS will have to be abandoned.
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by:Pete Long
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Depends on the version of SBS2003 He Has - if its an OEM Version then He CANT!!! Move it, its tied to the hardware

If its a Volume Licenced Version then you can Move the OS and Licences to another SBS server on other hardware - if the licences are from Microsoft eOpen then you can relicence the new one directly using the grant number and authroisation code once the new server is online. OR from the licensing console on the SBS Server Licences can be "Backed up" and "Restored"
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Licensing
Windows Small Business Server 2003 R2: Frequently Asked Questions
http://www.microsoft.com/windowsserver2003/sbs/evaluation/faq/licensing.mspx
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by:ipendlebury
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It's the retail version of SBS 2003 Premium.  I sold it to him about two years ago. So how does this affect the licensing? I can't see anything relevent in that link you posted.
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by:Pete Long
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If you sold it to him them its not OEM :) So Yes it can be installed on new hardware
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by:ipendlebury
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Yes it is the boxed retail verion, definitely not OEM. If it can be installed on other hardware, how do Microsoft stop people from pirating it? I assumed the Activation process was there to prevent people from using the same Product Key twice.
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Pete Long earned 250 total points
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You will still have 60 days to Activate it (remeber to set the clock correctly on the new server while you install it Ive fell into this trap before LOL) In some cases this can cause a phone call to M$ but as you were the reseller you will be covered on rare occations they will ask you to send them proof or purchase but its never happened to me - I resell HP Servers and have moved a lot of OS's.

Providing you are legal and above board you will be ok http://www.experts-exchange.com/Operating_Systems/Windows_Server_2003/Q_21247943.html
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by:ipendlebury
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That sounds like good new then. I should have no problem getting my customer to buy a decent motherboard. Thanks for your help.

Ian
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by:Pete Long
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No Probs Ian - ThanQ - And have a good weekend :)
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