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When do I have to activate sbs2008 and server2008

Posted on 2009-12-29
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Last Modified: 2012-05-08

I want to setup and test sbs2008 and server 2008 on a spare machine. This will only be for testing purposes for a few days before I deploy the production servers on different hardware.

I have the media for both servers here but they are OEM.

Can I do this without affecting the licenses (ie: without activating)?

Question by:SM17CH
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Rob Williams earned 1000 total points
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If it is a test environment you may want to download a trial version of the software:
You may find your OEM version will not install on some other hardware.

It is actually a licensing violation to install on different hardware than provided.
If you want to install on the supplied hardware you can reactivate on the same hardware without a problem.
You can also extend the un-activated period up to 3 times on Server 2008, Vista and Win 7 using     slmgr -rearm     from a command line.
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dan_blagut earned 1000 total points
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The W2K8 can be installed without any serial number and used for evaluation purpose for 15 days. But be carrefoul, do not activate your OEM on other machine.


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