Test install and updating of Server 2003 without activation RRS feed

  • Question

  • We currently run Windows Server 2003 SP2 with automatic Windows updates on one production PC.

    The PC also hosts SQL Server 2005.

    In order to test a migration path to SQL Server 2008, we would like to produce an identical Windows Server 2003 installation on a test machine, from scratch, using our original installation CDs and recovering all available Windows updates via the automatic updating mechanism, so that the two machines are synchronized as far a software versions go.

    However, we have only one product key, currently locked to our production machine. Is there any legal way of creating a test installation without purchasing an extra product key, and without taking the production machine offline during the week or so we need to use the test installation?

    Tuesday, March 8, 2011 3:51 PM


  • Hi,


    For Windows Server 2008, you can extend its evaluation time up to 240 days. However, we cannot extend the evaluation time for Windows Server 2003.


    When its evaluation time expires, you have to reinstall the system or buy a license for it.


    Tim Quan


    Wednesday, March 9, 2011 2:14 AM