SBS Console

Posted on 2008-01-31
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Last Modified: 2008-05-05

Our company has SBS 2003 and the SBS console was not working so we could not add CAL's, intially 50 were added and we need to add 20 more.We were adding users thru AD Users & Computers. Now we need to upgrade to the transition pack as we are reaching our limit of 75 users. We have been told by our supplier Dell that we need to have all CAL's installed before running the transition pack. My question is this if we do a repair on the SBS console and fix it ,can we then add the CAL's required and will this have any effect on the server since before i started people have been adding users in AD Users & Computers and not thru the Console. I am thinking it wont but just to be sure i would like to hear some opinions.
Question by:damiancoughlan
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Expert Comment

ID: 20785556
Check the following folder location:

C:\Program Files\Windows for Small Business Server\Licensing

The SBS Server Management Console initialises the "Activation.exe" executable (wizard).
If you can activate manually, may be able to add required CALS as desired.

Author Comment

ID: 20813443
Hi There

Anytime we have run this we get a DEP error saying it is not possible to run this even thought we have exempted it in the DEP options. Any other ideas would be appreciated.


Author Comment

ID: 20821722
I have been doing some digging and it looks like that we never installed SBS SP1 on our server and many forums point at this as being the problem that the licensing wizard wont work. I will be applying the service pack this week and will update if that fixes the problem.

Accepted Solution

damiancoughlan earned 0 total points
ID: 20955689
Applied SBS SP1 service pack which did not fix the problem but now the sbs wizard appears on startup. Still DEP is there preventing the activation.exe from running. Will be moving from sbs to enterprise in two months with the transition pack so will probably have to buy extra licenses afterwards.


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