Solved

SBS 2008 where to find my license

Posted on 2011-09-22
5
277 Views
Last Modified: 2012-08-13
I want to restore to bare metal my current SBS 2008 server so that I can practice on our SQL database app. I have a second SBS license and am thinking if I can essentially clone our existing server, then isolate it on a separate LAN and then change the license key, maybe? to the second license, then I would have a server I can practice on.  How do I find the license and change it?
0
Comment
Question by:wfcrr
[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
  • 3
  • 2
5 Comments
 
LVL 88

Expert Comment

by:rindi
ID: 36582328
Look through your invoices and other paperwork!

Generally for testing purposes, what I would do is just install the OS without key or activation. With 2008 server you can run the OS like that for up to 180 days without activation. As it is used for practice you will probably have to reinstall now and then anyway to get a clean virgin slate, so that period will usually be more than enough.
0
 

Author Comment

by:wfcrr
ID: 36582959
Hi Rindi,

Thanks for the input. Can we stay on the focus I have at this time? We can spend time dialoguing about why I want to do it this way, if you want, but in the end, I need to do it this way.  The SQL server and database are set up with over 60 pages of code, mostly in C+ and ASP.NET 3.5 and what I want to do is replicate the server and set it up on an isolated LAN where I can tinker and learn about the app I had written.  So, we can talk about that if you want, but what I am really looking for is where do I  change the license? Or, do I just clone the server and run it on the isolated LAN without changing the license?  I guess my thought is that I need to change the license key to my second license so that I do not run the risk of having my actual, active server shut down.
0
 
LVL 88

Expert Comment

by:rindi
ID: 36583032
I thought you didn't remember where you had the spare license key and asked where to find that!

If you open the control panel, then select System, at the bottom of the page you should see the product ID, plus a "change Product Key" Link. Just click that and then you can enter the other key you have.
0
 

Author Comment

by:wfcrr
ID: 36583107
Cool. I just went there. That is really all there is to it? Once I do that, the second server will have the second license key and that is all I have to do?
0
 
LVL 88

Accepted Solution

by:
rindi earned 500 total points
ID: 36583163
You'll probably have to activate when you enter the new key, but otherwise yes, that is all you would have to do.
0

Featured Post

Does Powershell have you tied up in knots?

Managing Active Directory does not always have to be complicated.  If you are spending more time trying instead of doing, then it's time to look at something else. For nearly 20 years, AD admins around the world have used one tool for day-to-day AD management: Hyena. Discover why

Question has a verified solution.

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

Suggested Solutions

I was asked if I could set up a fax machine so that incoming faxes were delivered to people's Exchange inboxes and so that they could send faxes from their desktops without needing to print the document first.  I knew it was possible but I had no id…
Restoring deleted objects in Active Directory has been a standard feature in Active Directory for many years, yet some admins may not know what is available.
This tutorial will give a an overview on how to deploy remote agents in Backup Exec 2012 to new servers. Click on the Backup Exec button in the upper left corner. From here, are global settings for the application such as connecting to a remote Back…
This tutorial will walk an individual through the steps necessary to configure their installation of BackupExec 2012 to use network shared disk space. Verify that the path to the shared storage is valid and that data can be written to that location:…

751 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