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Server License about to expire 2008 Standard R2

I installed Server 2008 Standard R2 on a server and only have twelve days left till it expires.
What are my steps to purchase and add license to current server installation?
I dont want to re-install. Its all configured now!
Thank you!
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Glen KnightCommented:
Once you have purchased a license from your regular software vendor or a ligitimate internet source you can simply enter your key on the bottom of the screen when you right click on Computer and select properties.
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cripplecaptainCommented:
This guide gives two options for changing the key http://forevergeeks.com/change-product-key-on-windows-server-2008

The one involves going to start menu right clicking on computer and choosing properties. it will then give you a menu where at the bottom your trial key is displayed with the option to change it. The second option uses command line and is rather straight forward.
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rickparyAuthor Commented:
Ok, thank you.
I was worried I would have to re-install...
Where do I purchase the license from to get a key?
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Glen KnightCommented:
there are many online retailers, or even your regular hardware/software vendor will be able to help, www.ebuyer.com is a good bet, they are reasonable prices.
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Hutch_77Commented:
From any vendor... CDW PC Connections Newegg Zones Frys Office Depot Best Buy Dell HP
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bggauthCommented:
From Microsoft...
Question: Can you convert the evaluation version to a full version?
Answer: It is unsupported to upgrade to a full version or to change the product key to a full version. To upgrade to a full version, you must use non-evaluation media to run a new insta

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2021579


So...try extending it for now...

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/948472
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cripplecaptainCommented:
anywhere you choose, you can get a list of vendors from microsoft or just buy a key from newegg (or even a local mom and pop computer shop can get a key from their resellers) Personally I find dealing with microsoft partners a bit of a pain and the prices are well regulated so the price difference between newegg and a gold partner listed by microsoft would be negligable.
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Glen KnightCommented:
Unsupported doesn't actually mean it won't work, it just means it's unsupported.

And how do we know evaluation media was used? It could have been retail media just without a key?!
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rickparyAuthor Commented:
I have to reinstall???
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Glen KnightCommented:
Is it installed with evaluation media?

If so, you will need retail media and simply perform an in-place upgrade.
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rickparyAuthor Commented:
I downloaded it from Microsoft so I guess it was an evaul since the time period is expireing.
An in place upgrade? What is that? It would take days to reconfigure a new load now :(
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cripplecaptainCommented:
Its the equivalent of the old windows cp repair install, where applications and windows settings are retained (sometimes works poorly) by launching upgrade from the windows dvd while live in windows (not by booting the disc)
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cripplecaptainCommented:
wish I could edit.... I meant windows "XP"
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rickparyAuthor Commented:
Wow, Microsoft just seems rediculous to me and doesnt make sense.
Why cant I just put in key code..?
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cripplecaptainCommented:
you can try, having read into it further people are saying it may have been patched out.
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Glen KnightCommented:
I thought it worked to be honest, well you have nothing to lose in trying it do you?
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rickparyAuthor Commented:
Right nothing to loose...
Patched out?
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cripplecaptainCommented:
Well you originally could change out the product key as has been described but now further on into the 2008 r2 life cycle it seems to return an error for many who try to do so. But I cannot confirm that.
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bggauthCommented:
if it is an eval version (when did you install it?), just extend it for now and you'll have much more time to research this issue and develop a game plan.
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rickparyAuthor Commented:
a couple months ago...
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rickparyAuthor Commented:
Im thinking maybe I didnt use the evaluation version?
When I type in winver in the Run box it comes back with
Windows Server 2008 R2 Standard
version 6.1 (build 7600)

And in Computer Properties it says the same thing...
And says your windows license is valid for 11 days.
Then there is a spot to change the product key...
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bggauthCommented:
yeah if you are able to 'change' the key, the yes it probably is not an eval version
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rickparyAuthor Commented:
isnt there someplace that it would actually say that it is an evaluation version?
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rickparyAuthor Commented:
Here is the command to run in a cmd window that tells if it is an evaluation version...
slmgr.vbs /dlv
Sadly mine is...
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bggauthCommented:
sry 2 hear it.   So you either extend it, or purchase a key and change it.  Since you have the option to change it, that should hopefully preclude you reinstalling.

When you ran slmgr.vbs /dlv, what did it say for earmcounts?


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rickparyAuthor Commented:
2 rearm counts
I spoke with microsoft support today and they extended it 30 days and installed a test key, then uninstalled it.
So I am very fortunate to know that entering a new license key will work in my case.
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bggauthCommented:
very good...
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Glen KnightCommented:
Which is what I said in my very first post!!
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rickparyAuthor Commented:
OK, it actually worked!
I purchased the software from Zones.Com. They were the best price I could find.
The software came in and all I had to do was enter the new product key and it voila!
Thank you to all.
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