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    Can Someone Explain Server Licensing To Me?

    Sorry about posting on 2003 in this forum but there doesn't seem to be a specific forum for it (Server 2003)

    I'm trying to set up a Windows 2003 server at home and I need it to be a full legal copy (not a 180 day evaluation) because, though I do want it for testing and evaluation, a full system will provide me with more experience than the eval (I took the 70-291 MCSE and failed miserably because MS apparently expect people to have 12 months of 2003 experience BEFORE taking the exam which puts me in a Catch 22 situation) and I don't have much. So I've been trying to get a copy from eBay coz I can't afford the full price item ... my aim is to get a 2003 AD domain up & running and gain the skills necessary to pass my MCSE (qualifications wise I am still back at NT4 MCSE) yet maintain a decent level of functionality over my home network.

    I know that Windows 2003 Standard comes with 5 client access licenses. I believe that Windows 2003 Enterprise has more features than standard (load balancing and so on) and can handle more CPU's and memory. I know you need a legal product number which needs to be registered with MS and you get an activation key back. You also need a COA (Certificate Of Authority) to use the product i.e. the full server pack will contain a CD, a manual (I presume), a product code and a COA ... it will not have been previously registered with MS.

    A friend of mine is buying a server and it has (on it's side) a product key for Windows Server 2003 (unregistered) and he has offered it to me, which I have accepted and offered to pay something for. He does not, however, have a COA for it. So the question is how legal is this? Will the product code alone (if it genuinely is unregistered) allow me to build a legal Windows 2003 server (in other words is the COA simply documentary evidence of your permission to use the software)?

    Also ... what do the normal (standard edition) CAL's do? Would I still get them with just a product code? I was under the impression that XP Pro came with it's own CAL and if so why do I need any additional ones?

    Thanks for any help on this :-)

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    Re: Can Someone Explain Server Licensing To Me?

    If the Server OS that is on the hardware above, is most likely a OEM version. It is to be used ONLY on the hardware that it cam with and is not to used on any other machine.

    Bottom line, get your OWN, paid for copy from a legal source.

    Now running HP Pavilion a6528p, with Win7 64 Bit OS.

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    I'm Curious ...

    ... what exactly lead you to the conclusion that I wasn't concerned with legalities? Why do you think I sought clarification?

    Thank you for the information concerning codes on sides of machines, that clears up one thing at least ... I just wish I could similarly thank you for the, ahem, "helpful" tone of your response!

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    Re: I'm Curious ...

    If it is an OEM version of the OS, then the authorization has likely been hard wired into the Bios/MoBo and "registered" with MS by the manufacturer. If your friend's server is new, you might try requesting they send the OS and the hardware seperately and not install or register the OS. If he's paying, I don't see why they wouldn't do that for him. He could then give you the OS software and you could install and register it on your system. No harm, no foul. <img src=/S/smile.gif border=0 alt=smile width=15 height=15>
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    Thanks Doc :-)

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    Re: Thanks Doc :-)

    You might find something useful here, but I didn't have the time to sort through it. HTH. <img src=/S/smile.gif border=0 alt=smile width=15 height=15>
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