Wednesday, 9 July 2014

Small Business Server 2003 (SBS2003) getting blank installation ID when trying to activate

Had this happen at a site today,Small Business Server 2003 (SBS2003) getting blank installation ID when trying to activate

Then if trying to change the key to your valid OEM key it also comes up as invalid

Issue:
This seems to happen either when a) you install Server 2003 SP2 on SBS2003 or b) if you slipstreamed SP2 onto an OEM disk

Solution:
Repair install with a Slipstreamed SP1 disk to use your valid key - and DONT upgrade to SP2

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