troubleshooting Question

Problem Activating Windows 2003 SBS Server after 3 Day Limit finished

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Jim NicolisFlag for Australia asked on
SBSWindows Server 2003Microsoft Legacy OS
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Hello,

I have just had an issue with a SBS 2003 Server and a Virus

We have worked on the Machine and got it all cleaned up, at the same time we have decided to virtualize the server and run it on VMware ESXi

After running a Acronis Image of the Sever through the VM Convertor, and importing it into ESXi we continued to do some clean up of the server in regards to the Virus and also make sure the Server was up to date with all Microsoft Updates, in which there where quiet a few to do

We sucussfully update the server and was just in the final testing stages of it before moving it back into production

During all this time it was of coarse asking us to re-activate the SBS server at whcih we where just waiting unitil all the clean up was completed and the updates where also completed

The 3 days run out last night in which we had just finalized the server we went to logon this morning and after entering the Administrator password we got the error saying it need to be activated, in which we thought no issue let activate it now and all done...but not to be

Once we click YES to activate it instead of getting the activation screen come up it went back to the Alt +Ctl+Del and we can not get it past this stage

Hope there is a Quick fix for this

Jim
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