where can I download sbs 2003 R2 trial version ?

choy77 used Ask the Experts™
Hi, I need to download Windows Small Business Server 2003 R2 even if it is the trial version as I need to do a reinstallation and the 1st CD is missing from the pack at my customers where I need to do the reinstall and when I goto download it from the Microsoft site it takes me through as if to download the SBS 2003 and then takes me to the SBS 2008 version instead.

Any help would be appreciated..

Thanks again,

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I appreciate that time may be a factor for you here but I suspect you will not be able to download any 2003 software from Microsoft any longer as 2008 is the product for sale now.

I would advise you call Microsoft and order replacement CD's. They will require your product key, but should be able to ship you replacements. This will usually be weeks rather than days though I'm afraid.

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If you have a legal license to use the software then you can use a file sharing site (there are many options available - I won't give specific details here but use google) to find an iso file that you can use to burn a replacement disk.  
I wasn't going to suggest this because of the potential security risk involved, if you do decide to do this, then woe be unto you!

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Yes - that is a fair statement.  Be sure to fully virus scan any files downloaded.  I have done this before myself, where I have owned a legal license but lost/damaged a disc, and have not experienced any problems with viruses etc.

It is a risky process but is a quick fix if you were looking for one.




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