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Windows 2003 SBS Premium R2 Product Key Missing or Misunderstood

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Hi All,
I arrived at a client yesterday and having always worked with standard or 64 bit versions with separate servers per application, this was a surprise to find Microsoft Windows 2003 SBS Prem. R2 installed without exchange running, it needed installing so I followed the instructions and put in the second CD, as the installation began I get a request to enter an MSExchange product key - it's nowhere to be found. Microsoft want to charge ridiculous prices for support and do not have the issue solved on their site - Apparently SBS prem comes with MSExchange and MSSQL and does not need any other product key then the Windows Install product key. has anyone had this issue before and found out how to overcome it?

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The Exchange install key is in fact the SBS license code. Since SBS is a server solution, purchasing a license for SBS means you get 1 license key which is valid for SBS, Exchange, SQL server etc.

However, installing Exchange direct from the CD probably isn't the best way to do it. I would open Control Panel, Add/Remove Programs, find Microsoft Windows Small Business Server, press the "Change" button and follow that procedure. That allows you to go through the SBS setup screens rather than the Exchange setup screens which you would see if you ran it directly off disk 2.

-tigermatt
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