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SBS 2011 Product Key/Licensing Question

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  • I downloaded the "Try it" of SBS 2011 from the Microsoft website and have installed it on a server that I now have in production.  Now I need to purchase a product key/license for this new server.  The question is which product?  The reason I ask is I remember how Microsoft keyed certain products in SBS 2003 and you needed to make sure you matched the right media with the right product key or it would not activate (OEM, Volume, Retail, MAPs).

     

    Do I still face the same restrictions with SBS 2011?  This is a new server I built and am looking at purchasing the OEM (T72-02881) package and just want to make sure I won't have activation problems. 

     

    Thanks!

     

    -Richard K

     

    Monday, May 23, 2011 2:38 PM

Answers

  • OEM licensing is higly dependant on the OEM vendor. Some OEM installation CDs are designed specifically to the hardware. You can purchase a license key to validate the trial installation using normal VL or retail keys. You will need to be a bit careful about using an OEM key. For further information, have a look at this thread - http://social.technet.microsoft.com/Forums/en-US/smallbusinessserver/thread/0ae3715a-8cfe-4207-8ece-909741021f57/
    Regards, Boon Tee - PowerBiz Solutions, Australia - http://blog.powerbiz.net.au
    Monday, May 23, 2011 3:03 PM
  • Hi,

     

    For licensing related issue, you’d better contact Microsoft licensing team. In the United States and Canada, you may call the licensing team directly at 1-800-426-9400 (select option 4), Monday through Friday, 6:00 A.M. to 5:30 P.M. (PST) to speak directly to a Microsoft licensing specialist. In this way, you will know the detailed information about license.

     

    Worldwide customers can use the Guide to Worldwide Microsoft Licensing Sites http://www.microsoft.com/licensing/worldwide.aspx to find contact information in their locations.

     

    Thank you for your understanding.

     

    Regards,


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    Tuesday, May 24, 2011 7:44 AM
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  • OEM licensing is higly dependant on the OEM vendor. Some OEM installation CDs are designed specifically to the hardware. You can purchase a license key to validate the trial installation using normal VL or retail keys. You will need to be a bit careful about using an OEM key. For further information, have a look at this thread - http://social.technet.microsoft.com/Forums/en-US/smallbusinessserver/thread/0ae3715a-8cfe-4207-8ece-909741021f57/
    Regards, Boon Tee - PowerBiz Solutions, Australia - http://blog.powerbiz.net.au
    Monday, May 23, 2011 3:03 PM
  • Hi,

     

    For licensing related issue, you’d better contact Microsoft licensing team. In the United States and Canada, you may call the licensing team directly at 1-800-426-9400 (select option 4), Monday through Friday, 6:00 A.M. to 5:30 P.M. (PST) to speak directly to a Microsoft licensing specialist. In this way, you will know the detailed information about license.

     

    Worldwide customers can use the Guide to Worldwide Microsoft Licensing Sites http://www.microsoft.com/licensing/worldwide.aspx to find contact information in their locations.

     

    Thank you for your understanding.

     

    Regards,


    Please remember to click “Mark as Answer” on the post that helps you, and to click “Unmark as Answer” if a marked post does not actually answer your question. This can be beneficial to other community members reading the thread.
    Tuesday, May 24, 2011 7:44 AM
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