Changing Sharepoint 2007 Enterprise key

Posted on 2009-12-23
Last Modified: 2012-05-08
We have a server that is running SharePoint 2007 which is activated with an MSDN Enterprise license.  We have a recently purchased Enterprise license key and would like to apply it on the existing install.  Under Central Administration, I cannot use Convert License Type because the text box will not accept any input under "Enter the Product Key", presumably since the system detects an existing Enterprise license.

Is there a way to change the existing Enterprise license to a valid one to be used in a production environment?
Question by:WyleHou
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    by:Jamie McAllister MVP
    What you're seeing is by design. If no upgrade is available the serial box is greyed out. I suspect only some sort of tacky hack is going to solve this for you.

    MOSS SP2 install originally put the Sharepoint install into trial mode (by accident), and it strikes me this is what you want to achieve.

    I'm afraid to say that this might involve a registry hack. I'm not sure what keys need changing, but I'm confident this would be unsupported by Microsoft.
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    Maybe you need to log in as the farm admin account?
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    I would contact your local Microsoft contact and explain him the situation. The product key is after all just a way of telling Microsoft that you have a licensed version. As your farm is already running in Enterprise mode and you have an Enterprise license in your posession it might very well be that they let you leave it like that, providing that you don't use your "real" Enterprise Key on another farm.

    I would not "hack" it as that way you will lose all support.

    I had the same case at a customer who had two keys, and accidentally gave me the Enterprise key (which automatically installs the server in Enterprise mode) and in that case I had to reinstall the farm as that farm was only supposed to run in Standard Mode (and you cannot revert back). As it involves both Enterprise keys in your case, I think sorting it licensing wise with Microsoft is the way to go.

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