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Downgrade SBS 2011 keys to SBS 2003

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  • Hi

    We have recently brought 6 X 5 user CAL licensing for SBS 2011 OEM and we wish to downgrade the licenses for SBS 2003, I have spoken to Microsoft licensing team and they only gave me a key for 20 users and refused to downgrade the other licenses.

    Please let me know if we can downgrade the other CAL packs as our clients need more licenses.

    Many Thanks

    Mahesh

     

    Friday, September 16, 2011 9:53 AM

Answers

  • Not sure why MS Licensing would 'refuse' to downgrade the other licenses.
     
    Have you tried using the 'downgrade' key found in this article?
     
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    Q.  Since SBS 2011 has two CAL types, "Windows Small Business Server 2011 CAL Suite" and "Windows Small Business Server 2011 Premium Add-on CAL Suite ," how does the CAL downgrade to SBS 2008 work and what are the access rights granted?
     
    A.   SBS 2008 has two CAL types like SBS 2011.  The allowed downgrade from SBS 2011 CAL Suite will be to SBS 2008 CAL Suite, and there are not any downgrades available from SBS 2011 Premium Add-on CAL Suite to SBS 2008 CAL Suite for Premium Users or Devices. This is due to the fact that the SBS 2011 Premium Add-on does not include the same components that are in 2008 Premium and therefore the SBS 2011 Premium Add-on CAL Suites do not offer downgrade rights.  We will continue to offer SBS 2008 Premium CALs on price lists for a period of time due to this constraint.
     
    Q.  If I want to downgrade SBS 2011 CALs to SBS 2003 CALs, how will CAL activation work in that scenario since SBS 2008 will not need any CAL activation, but SBS 2003 does?
     
    A.   If you have acquired SBS 2008 CALs from the Volume Licensing (VL) channel, you will be given SBS 2003 CAL keys at the time of acquisition; these keys can then be used for downgrade SBS 2008 CALs to SBS 2003 (R2).
    For those of you who have acquired SBS 2011 CALs from channels other than VL, such as FPP and OEM, please use the following product key to activate your SBS 2003 CALs: KJQBH-XJ6YQ-THYJY-PVDCP-87QT6
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    Merv  Porter   [SBS-MVP]
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    Friday, September 16, 2011 12:13 PM
  • Hi Mahesh, do you need further information regarding this licensing topic? If yes, you can call 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.

    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.

     

    Sean Zhu
    TechNet Subscriber Support in forum
    If you have any feedback on our support, please contact tnmff@microsoft.com


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    Wednesday, September 21, 2011 6:24 AM

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  • Not sure why MS Licensing would 'refuse' to downgrade the other licenses.
     
    Have you tried using the 'downgrade' key found in this article?
     
    ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
    Q.  Since SBS 2011 has two CAL types, "Windows Small Business Server 2011 CAL Suite" and "Windows Small Business Server 2011 Premium Add-on CAL Suite ," how does the CAL downgrade to SBS 2008 work and what are the access rights granted?
     
    A.   SBS 2008 has two CAL types like SBS 2011.  The allowed downgrade from SBS 2011 CAL Suite will be to SBS 2008 CAL Suite, and there are not any downgrades available from SBS 2011 Premium Add-on CAL Suite to SBS 2008 CAL Suite for Premium Users or Devices. This is due to the fact that the SBS 2011 Premium Add-on does not include the same components that are in 2008 Premium and therefore the SBS 2011 Premium Add-on CAL Suites do not offer downgrade rights.  We will continue to offer SBS 2008 Premium CALs on price lists for a period of time due to this constraint.
     
    Q.  If I want to downgrade SBS 2011 CALs to SBS 2003 CALs, how will CAL activation work in that scenario since SBS 2008 will not need any CAL activation, but SBS 2003 does?
     
    A.   If you have acquired SBS 2008 CALs from the Volume Licensing (VL) channel, you will be given SBS 2003 CAL keys at the time of acquisition; these keys can then be used for downgrade SBS 2008 CALs to SBS 2003 (R2).
    For those of you who have acquired SBS 2011 CALs from channels other than VL, such as FPP and OEM, please use the following product key to activate your SBS 2003 CALs: KJQBH-XJ6YQ-THYJY-PVDCP-87QT6
    ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
    --
    Merv  Porter   [SBS-MVP]
    ============================
    Friday, September 16, 2011 12:13 PM
  • Hi Mahesh, do you need further information regarding this licensing topic? If yes, you can call 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.

    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.

     

    Sean Zhu
    TechNet Subscriber Support in forum
    If you have any feedback on our support, please contact tnmff@microsoft.com


    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.
    Wednesday, September 21, 2011 6:24 AM
  • Sean,

    I have just come across this post as I am looking to downgrade some 2003/2011 CALS to work on my 2003 sbs server. I have tried applying the license keys that have previously been purchased for my company but have not been used. This did not work!

    I have used the key you have provided "KJQBH-XJ6YQ-THYJY-PVDCP-87QT6" and this has added a further 20 licenses to my server, however I was never asked to enter my keys that I actually purchased so I wanted to find out how this is linked, as the keys that I have entered is publically available and not related to my account. How is this legal?

    Thanks for the info.

    Andrew

    Tuesday, July 09, 2013 11:25 PM