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Hello Experts,

Problem is on a machine with  MS Windows 2003 R2 x64 enterprise edition, having MS Sharepoint  2007 with SP1. This server is  wrongly configured with "Office Sharepoint Server with Enterprise client access License", while it should be with Standard license key. As once configured, its not allowing me to change the license type again.

Please suggest some alternative method, How to correct that? I have both of the license Keys with me Standard and Enterprise.

Thank You
pcsmitpra
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It's not going to let you downgrade the license.  However, you can deactivate the Enterprise features and Microsoft won't charge you as using an Enterprise CAL.

The only way to do it is command line: http://edwin.vriethoff.net/2008/12/04/downgrade-sharepoint-enterprise-to-a-standard-edition/
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Thank you Achilles, I knew that. The problem is if I will remove the enterprise features, MS wont charge as Enterprise CAl but it will always show Enterprise CAL. So I want to remove the Ent. license key and to re-configure it with the Standard key. Is there any registry setting which can make it?

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by:Justin Smith
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Not that I know of.  You are more than likely going to have to reinstall.  Check this post....

http://ashkanj.blogspot.com/2007/06/enterprise-to-standard.html
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I missed, this is a virtual server. Incase nothing can work, I will prefer to launch snap taken on the last week.
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Unless SQL is running on the same box, I would be carefull using the snapshot feature.
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Yea that is on same box .. thats not an issue. Trying to get some confirmation from Microsoft.
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As SQL is running on the same box and we have full farm backup, taken just one day before the incident happened.. But we have many WSP solutions deployed before on the same farm which would be on the FARM backup.

Is there any way to get back to the standard version if we redeploy the Sharepoint and restore the Farm backup?

**The same server is also running Shared Services and search service on same server.

Please provide complete steps.

Thank you for your kind support.


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Justin Smith earned 500 total points
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I honestly don't know if doing a farm restore will take the license back.  

Everything Microsoft says is "no way to revert back to Standard".
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by:pcsmitpra
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To overcome the problem .. Company has bought the "enterprise License" .. :-(
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by:Justin Smith
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The answer is....YOU CAN"T ROLLBACK.  This is from Microsoft.  Don't delete this question.
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And without going to higher license ie Enterprise license its not possible to use the Standard license. Also, making a new server using Farm level back up was not a good option because of so many changes happened during last few months.
So, If you have choosen Enterprise license EVEN by mistake, MS has not left any other option to you. Either prepare everything by scratch or Go for Enterprise license.
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Points shoudl go to comment 34250068
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by:pcsmitpra
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My problem was by upgrading the license. So there is a solution, but as this is very costly its not a good solution.
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Your question was how to revert from Enterprise license to Standard license.  Correct?

The answer from Microsoft is "there is no way to revert".  You would have to reinstall.

There are other people in cyber space who wonder the same thing.  This answer needs to be documented on this site.  There is no way to revert the license.
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There is One way to revert the license issue, By creating a new environment and applying the farm backup taken before the license selection.
This will involve long work and it will consume time but its possible to create a new environment exactly same. And then you can Re-Apply Standard License.
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Sorry but that's not going to work in all situations.  It's not going to work when you have Enterprise features deployed in your farm.  That's why it's not a supported solution.

It may work in your very narrow situation, but that's not a global answer to this question.
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by:pcsmitpra
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This is working a solution for a standalone server.
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by:Justin Smith
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Standalone has nothing to do with it.

I'm curious, how did you accomplish the revert exactly?  Did you reinstall your server, create a new farm, then restore your content databases?
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Please refer to my comment "34360046". It would have taken much time to prepare a new platform and then restoring the farm back, so considering the fact , Company has bought the Enterprise  license.

But the solution has been already tested by one admin , We can over come the issue by creating a new "MS Sharepoint  2007 with SP1" and restoring the farm backup. Obviously server will lost all of the changes happened post that backup. And you will again get the option to choose and provide license key.

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by:Justin Smith
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I'll leave it up to the modorator, but the bottom line is, you had to REINSTALL, then restore data.  THere is NO direct way to downgrade your license type, period.  You have to REINSTALL.

That is why points should go to 34238543 or 34250068
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I dont want to set a wrong solution as correct solution. I agree there is no Direct way to downgrade the license BUT There are two options, Either you can create a complete new farm and restore the backup. Or to buy enterprise license.
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Ok, so how do my comments not recieve points?  Also, buying an enterprise license doesn't answer your question.  Right?  Your question was how to revert to Standard.  Right?
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Right, My question was to revert to standard. I was aware about its not possible directly , even in my question I said "As once configured, its not allowing me to change the license type again. ". So I asked to know some possible trick to revert the license. And nobody suggested any method or known solution, also reverting everything back and doing it from the scratch is only possible solution.

I am leaving to Moderator here.
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