Have run the vmware converter from old server to a new sbs 2008 machine, completed fine. The windows actviation expired due to change in hardware (bios?) config, and won't accept the registration method over the phone. Error - invalid code or some such error during activation.
So from what i've read this version of small business server is locked by the manufacturer through OEM rights.
We have a new license for sbs 2008 with the new hardware, and from what I understand this allows for downgrade to sbs 2003 (microsoft oem license procedure is to obtain a code from another install).
Have tried re - entering the cd key without luck, and also tried a code from another server.
Using the converter will save hours of re configuring pc's and rebuilding the server, so fingers crossed someone might have a strategy?
Much xmas cheer to all,