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SBS 2008 where to find my license

Posted on 2011-09-22
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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?
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by:rindi
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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.
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by:wfcrr
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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.
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by:rindi
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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.
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by:wfcrr
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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?
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You'll probably have to activate when you enter the new key, but otherwise yes, that is all you would have to do.
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