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how to restore SBS CAL licenses from a backup

Posted on 2009-05-20
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I am want to know whether I can retrieve SBS licenses codes from a backup I have made of \windows\ folder and contents, if so, how can this be done?
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This one any help to you?
http://blog.chrisara.com.au/2006/09/small-business-server-2003-dreaded-5.html

"After much stuffing about I found that the SBS2003 licenses are kept in the licstr.cpa file in the WINDOWS\system32 folder. Thankfully, Microsoft actually keep an automatic backup of this in autolicstr.cpa. The simple process was to stop the License Logging Service, rename licstr.cpa to licstr.cpa.old, then copy autolicstr.cpa to licstr.cpa. After this I started License Logging Service and used Server Management to confirm that the licenses had been restored."

A few more options are described in the KB artible here:
http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=888818
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by:Bartley1969
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that worked
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by:stevejenner100
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worked a charm.. thanks
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by:kstech
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Perfect, Just what I needed for a recovery.
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