I have recently taken over as system admin for a small firm. We have a dell power edge server that was purchased through DELL with NO Operating System. It is currently running Windows Server Standard 2003. It has been running smoothly for several months since I have been here. The product key is stickered on the side of the work station.
Last weekend I updated to Service PACK 2. Afterthe mandatory reboot it prompted me to ACTIVE Windows Server 2003. An installation ID was not given at the activation window. I tried updating the Product key to the one that is stickered on the side of the server and it is not working. I can administer the server through admin tools for XP. It is up and running, exchange is running but I can not physically log in to the Server. This is our only server. I created a backup two weeks prior. I was told by microsoft that my only option is to reinstall SERVER. I can purchase a valid product/license but I can not log in to perform the upgrade to 2008.
What are my options? Install 2003 server on another workstation and verify the restore is fine? This is running AD and exchange for us and do not want to lose anything.
also wanted to add that i purchased product key explorer, ran it on the server, got the product key, attempted to update it and did not work.