Solved

Can you convert a SBS2003 server to Win2003 Std. Server?

Posted on 2010-11-15
4
548 Views
Last Modified: 2012-08-14
Preparing to install a new SBS2008 server to the network. Currently the office has a SBS2003 server in place.

My question is, can I somehow use the license on the original SBS2003 server as a standard server somehow?

To be clear, my intention is to take the SBS2003 Server's hardware, format it as new, and then use the original SBS2003 license to install, it as a Windows Server 2003 Standard server, to use it as a file or application server.

0
Comment
Question by:SmarterIT2010
[X]
Welcome to Experts Exchange

Add your voice to the tech community where 5M+ people just like you are talking about what matters.

  • Help others & share knowledge
  • Earn cash & points
  • Learn & ask questions
4 Comments
 
LVL 5

Assisted Solution

by:mittermueller
mittermueller earned 50 total points
ID: 34136148
No. SBS license is different from standard windows server. After migration from SBS2003 to SBS2008 your license is gone.
0
 
LVL 23

Accepted Solution

by:
ormerodrutter earned 225 total points
ID: 34136204
No you can't use your SBS2003 license to install W2K3. However......

If you upgrade to SBS2008 Premium it comes with an additional W2K8 Server license that you can install on a seperate server, so in this case, you will have one SBS2008 server and one W2K8 server. You can exercise your downgrade right to install a W2K3 server instead.

0
 
LVL 95

Assisted Solution

by:Lee W, MVP
Lee W, MVP earned 225 total points
ID: 34136223
If you buy SBS 2008 Premium edition, it comes with a second server license.  If you wait for SBS 2011 (due to RTM next month), then you can always add the "Premium Add-on" - otherwise, the only way you can re-use the SBS install is to buy the SBS transition pack (no longer sold) which removes the SBS restrictions but would cost MORE than a new license for Windows Server.
0
 

Author Comment

by:SmarterIT2010
ID: 34137901
Thanks guys
0

Featured Post

Technology Partners: We Want Your Opinion!

We value your feedback.

Take our survey and automatically be enter to win anyone of the following:
Yeti Cooler, Amazon eGift Card, and Movie eGift Card!

Question has a verified solution.

If you are experiencing a similar issue, please ask a related question

Suggested Solutions

You might have come across a situation when you have Exchange 2013 server in two different sites (Production and DR). After adding the Database copy in ECP console it displays Database copy status unknown for the DR exchange server. Issue is strange…
While rebooting windows server 2003 server , it's showing "active directory rebuilding indices please wait" at startup. It took a little while for this process to complete and once we logged on not all the services were started so another reboot is …
This tutorial will walk an individual through configuring a drive on a Windows Server 2008 to perform shadow copies in order to quickly recover deleted files and folders. Click on Start and then select Computer to view the available drives on the se…
This tutorial will walk an individual through setting the global and backup job media overwrite and protection periods in Backup Exec 2012. Log onto the Backup Exec Central Administration Server. Examine the services. If all or most of them are stop…

749 members asked questions and received personalized solutions in the past 7 days.

Join the community of 500,000 technology professionals and ask your questions.

Join & Ask a Question