windows server versions product keys

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June 13, 2012 at 04:03:39
Specs: Windows server
hello
i would like to know, is there a difference between windows server 2008 R2 and windows server 2008 R2 Standard? i had a consultant install my server OS, he did not activate it and when i try to do so i get an invalid product key message. the server version on the server is windows server 2008 R2 Standard and the cd and product key i have is windows server 2008 R2. if this is the case then i am assuming that he may have used his own os and not mine hence the product key error.

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#1
June 13, 2012 at 04:15:36
Correct - the two versions are issued with a different series of Product Keys and are not interchangeable.

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#2
June 13, 2012 at 05:33:20
thank you. so whats the way forward. the windows server 2008 R2 is from my Microsoft partnership action pack so i need to utilize it. would i be up or downgrading if i change to my action pack OS. How do i go about this.....upgrade if its a higher version or clean install? the server is currently only running as a file server with one other hassle free accounting application on it.

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#3
June 13, 2012 at 06:08:45
I disagree with phil22, there is no such thing as "Windows Server 2008 R2" without a designation of edition. See this site for details: http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/serv...

Additionally, there are volume licensing copies of this software that may not work with keys from other sources, so even if you have a key for standard, and you have standard installed, you may still not be able to use the key because it was installed with volume media.

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Andrew Leonard
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#4
June 13, 2012 at 06:45:18
the label on my action pack disc is "Windows Server 2008 R2 with service pack 1". on the system properties in the server, it reads "Windows Server 2008 R2 Standard", service pack 1. i realise now that Windows Server 2008 R2 is sort of a generic name for the server OS version

all other software that i have used from the action pack accepts the provided product keys just fine


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#5
June 13, 2012 at 07:40:32
You paid a consultant to do a job for you and he hasn't done it properly. Call him back and get him to rectify his mistake.

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#6
June 14, 2012 at 03:41:57
i intend to call him back, just wanted to be well equipped with information before i do.

thank you


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