Maximum activations of SBS 2003
Posted on 2013-02-06
I am using a ShadowProtect VirtualBoot for backing up and hardware independent restores of servers. I'm testing creating a guest using VirtualBoot (which works great, by the way), but running into a snag when the SBS 2003 server boots up in that it needs to be activated to let me log on. It is an OEM version of SBS2003 it appears, and I have the OEM license key, however since I'm testing a DR scenario the original server with this OEM license is online. I cannot use the phone number to activate via Microsoft it appears, since it's an OEM.
I recall that XP was limited to 4 activations, per year, in the event of rebuilds, etc. However, I can't find anything about SBS 2003 activation limitations. I have to have the guest connected to the internet to successfully activate, so I just don't want their to be an issue with the current production server if I activate the test server with the OEM license, although I don't see a need to activate this test server more than a couple times in the next months. I'm used to working in Enterprise server environments where licensing for servers is KMS based, so this is a simply issue that I've not run into aside from desktops.