activating win2k3 server r2 oem with valid license

Last week I purchased a package with contains the original OEM Windows License label with Product Key. Windows Svr Std 2003 R2 1-4 CPU 5Clt OEM Software. I could not use the original medium, that was too damaged but I obtained an ISO of this same version.

Installed the software on a DIY Server with succes, updated the Server 2003 R2 with all the servicepacks but I just cannot seem to activate the product over the internet. It said "Product Key Not Valid".

A friend said that I should not count on MS to help out since I have not purchased a OEM Server from HP or Dell with an Product Key Label. Instead I assembled the server myself from separate pieces of hardware and and got hold of an OEM Server 2003 package.

What are my chances that MS will help.
SysdminAsked:
Who is Participating?
 
Brian PierceConnect With a Mentor PhotographerCommented:
No - unless you are an authorised re-seller you cannot purchase OEM licences for systems that you build yourself - you may be able to purchase an OEM copy from someone who is a reseller who for example supplied your system board - However as Win2003 is an old technology I can't see many genuine suppliers having them (but it may be worth shopping around).

If you have a Technet or MSDN or Action Pack Subscription you can download a copy directly from MS - You may be able to qualify for an action pack subscription - Technet and MSDN are quite expensive Action pack is cheaper but more limited https://partner.microsoft.com/40016455
0
 
palinitrCommented:
It sounds like the ISO you got is not an OEM version of 2003 R2, you will need an OEM version in order to activate using an OEM key.
0
 
Brian PiercePhotographerCommented:

Either the ISO is NOT an OEM version or you have a pirated KEY.

OEM versions are supplied to system builders for resale. Chances of MS help = Zero - OEM is the responsibility of the OEM provider
0
Cloud Class® Course: Certified Penetration Testing

This CPTE Certified Penetration Testing Engineer course covers everything you need to know about becoming a Certified Penetration Testing Engineer. Career Path: Professional roles include Ethical Hackers, Security Consultants, System Administrators, and Chief Security Officers.

 
SysdminAuthor Commented:

@ palinitr and @KCTS

I am confident I do not have Pirated Key, the Label is original and the ISO is an OEM

Well under My Computer - Properties - System Properties - General Tabs
and the PID reveals that this is a OEM ISO. My OEM start with 69712 783 XXXXXXX XXXX
0
 
davorinCommented:
You should buy DSP version.
Calling Ms activation center won't hurt, but as KCTS said - chances are low.
Anyway, if you got damaged product, you should returned it.
0
 
SysdminAuthor Commented:
@ Davorin

I will not be able to return it since I bought it on the open market place and not from a vendor, MS DSP.
Is there not a third way to do it, legally or where can I get a DSP version for the lowest price possible.
Right now all I can find for new prices are 2008 Server while I need explicitly 2003 R2, my primary interest is IIS6.
0
 
davorinCommented:
DSP products can be bought only with new hardware on which it is (will be) installed. You can legally use this software only if it is on the same bill as your server is.
If you buy windows 2008 server you can still do a downgrade to windows 2003 server.
http://www.microsoft.com/windowsserver2008/en/us/downgrade-rights.aspx

I would firstly try to ring Ms activation center to check what is wrong with the key, but I have a strong filling that you have bought counterfeited product.
For buying Ms software is good to choose Ms certified partner or a store you can trust and that they know the basics of Ms licensing. Maybe you can ask for help the store where you have bought components for your server.
0
 
SysdminAuthor Commented:
@ Davorin

I am so dissappointed.. with this purchase.

Is there then no way to obtain a full not oem 2003 server package for less than 200 USD?
0
 
Brian PiercePhotographerCommented:
You have to be kidding.... if its that cheap then its of very dubious origin...
0
 
SysdminAuthor Commented:
@ KCTS

What is then an reasonable price for a product that is not even for sale at MS. I mean what would be a decent price for an OEM, a legal OEM ?
0
 
Brian PiercePhotographerCommented:
OEM software has to be supplied with hardware and can only legally be used on that hardware
0
 
SysdminAuthor Commented:
Well that does not answer my question KCTS. I build the system myself so I qualify as system builder yes or no ? So for an aging Server product... what is then an reasonable price
0
 
SysdminAuthor Commented:
I apologize KCTS... I do not mean to be ungrateful or disrespectful but your answer is not contributing to the solution I am looking for. Ah well perhaps I should save a few bucks or more should have gottin myself an OEM Server with a Foundation license...

Anyway it seems that the answer to question is that I am screwed with this purchase.
0
 
davorinConnect With a Mentor Commented:
I'm not really familiar with prices in USD, but normal price for windows 2008 server DSP/OEM should be around 600-800USD. FPP and VL products have higher prices.

Ms does not bother with stock of old products, because the production price of a box and a label with a key is low. I'm estimating cca. 1-2 USD. And with buying a new version you also have downgrade rights to install previous version of product, so there is no need that the old product is available in store.
0
 
SysdminAuthor Commented:
THis Action pack.... is however an interesting option but not sure if I qualify, I mean IT is not my core business. I need this Windows Server to test applications but that is for just a few clients which does not make up for 75 percent my total turnover.
0
 
SysdminAuthor Commented:
I want to thank everyone in this thread who participated. I will take a look at a msnd tech subscription and check if I qualify for the subscription.
0
Question has a verified solution.

Are you are experiencing a similar issue? Get a personalized answer when you ask a related question.

Have a better answer? Share it in a comment.

All Courses

From novice to tech pro — start learning today.