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By d.jones092 ·
Morning Folks.

Have a question regarding the Windows 2000 Server Key. We purchased the appropriate licensing from a 3rd party, non-profit software distributor. We received 2 licenses for Windows Server 2003 (for some reason) and we installed fromour 2000 server cd, attempting to use both of the keys. When this did not work we were forced to use an existing key that also exists on a current production server (this was also purchased with the appropriate licensing). We have since received thecorrect key from Microsoft and are attempting to input the correct keys. Is there a way to do this? If so, please provide specifics on the process. Also, are there any issues with using duplicate keys on multiple installations in a network environment?

Thanks for any info.

Dennis Jones

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by timwalsh In reply to License Keys

With Win2K, since there is no activation (as there is with WinXP - and I suspect there will be with Win2003), you should see no problems. The software does not search to see if there are other installs with the same product key.

Legally, you arecovered. You have the appropriate number of licenses to cover your installations. While eyes may be raised if you are ever audited (why do these 3 servers all have the same product key??), as long as you can provide the appropriate number of licenses, you will have no problems.

Supposedly, there is a registry entry that shows the product key, but I would recommend against any registry changes solely for the purpose of changing the product key.

I you are still concerned, I would call up Microsoft Tech support, explain the situation (have your licenses available in case they ask), and follow any recommendations they might have.

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