Exchange 2010 lab system license

Hi experts,

in production we are using exchange 2010 and we also have a test lab, where we test updates and so on. There is no productional use of the testlab. In the test lab there is no license in the exchange server and the server tells me, that the licensing period has exprired.

Do I have any limitations in the test lab with missing license?
I`m planning to evaluate an SP-Update of Exchange2010 in my lab, that`s why I ask.

How do you handle the activation-thing in your lab-environments?
SystemadministrationAsked:
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Adam FarageEnterprise ArchCommented:
Two ways you can handle this:

- If you are using a VM snapshot when the license goes in and then when the trial expires restore the snapshot (which works in my hyper-v lab) or
- Purchase an MSDN account which gives you access to a lot more software but can cost upwards to 1,000 bucks
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SystemadministrationAuthor Commented:
OK, we have such an account, I think. But for Exchange there is only one key displayed allthough you are allowed to use the product twice (internal use).
Does that mean, that I can use the same key for the test lab?
Can an activation using the same key influence our production environment in any way (e.g. disactivation of the production installation as soon as I activate the lab)?
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Adam FarageEnterprise ArchCommented:
It's a static key. I don't think it has an activation limit (I have 30 exchange servers in my lab in different configurations with no issues)
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SystemadministrationAuthor Commented:
OK, I put the key into my lab and it is OK now.
Hope it that does not break my production environment.
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Adam FarageEnterprise ArchCommented:
Nope. The purpose of MSDN is to allow users and companies access to "lab" product keys so they can test and eval software. As long as the key is *not* used in production then you should be fine.
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Simon Butler (Sembee)ConsultantCommented:
There are only two keys for Exchange in existence - the standard and enterprise key.
Their only task is to enable the correct version of Exchange (so you can have more databases). There is no activation involved.

Simon.
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