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Adding Product Key to SQL 2005 Eval.

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We have installed a new Windows 2003 server on an existing system. This unit replaced an older one with SQL 2005 running on it along with the Great Plains software. We could not locate the product key for the first istance of SQL 2005 so we installed a 180 day eval. copy on the new server and added MS Dynamics. We have since located the "Product Key" for SQL 2005 and wish to now use it on the eval. copy to ensure that it does not expire after the 180 days. Does anyone know how to add the product key to the eval. version. Thanks
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If I am understanding you correctly that you had a trial version installed and now you own a valid version of SQL 2005, then you will have to upgrade to the new version.  Here is information on how to do that.

http://thesource.ofallevil.com/communities/newsgroups/en-us/default.aspx?dg=microsoft.public.sqlserver.server&tid=b51cb8f9-63b8-4cc1-98d8-83e1b8e98b60&cat=en_US_2de85247-9ab0-4ee6-8993-1eb323dfd95a&lang=en&cr=US&sloc=&p=1
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New server has 180 evaluation version of SQL2005 - The old server has SQL 2005 registered version with product key now in my possession. I would like to use the product key on the new version so it will not expire at the end of he 180 day evaluation period. Thanks
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If you are doing a migration of hardware, you should be able to get away with upgrading the new server with your media for SQL Server 2005 you have purchased and in use on other system as long as you end up with proper licensed amount in the long run.  You will have to check with your Microsoft licensing provider to be certain though.  I don't know of anyway to add product key, you just have to upgrade as suggested to my knowledge.
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