Windows Server 2003 activation problem

asked 2020-09-19T00:22:49.087+00:00
Jesse Slocum 21 Reputation points

After migration from Physical to Virtual, it is asking me to activate again. Can anyone help, Microsoft Support directed me here because they don't know how to help.

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  1. answered 2020-09-19T00:31:03.193+00:00
    Dave Patrick 328.4K Reputation points Microsoft MVP

    What is the key channel? In the case of OEM the license generally dies with the hardware. The cleaner / much safer option is to stand up a new one from installation media. Also note support for Server 2003 ended long ago,

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  1. answered 2020-09-19T00:40:07.94+00:00
    Jesse Slocum 21 Reputation points

    I am unsure as this system pre-dates me... the physical machine is dying and we need to virtualize in VMware before it does. Is there a workaround to reset the grace period in safe mode (only mode I can log into at the moment). Might be able to make some progress if I can reset that and then login to the server normally to install vmware tools, etc...

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  2. answered 2020-09-19T00:43:15.763+00:00
    Dave Patrick 328.4K Reputation points Microsoft MVP

    I'd stand up a new one as a test. https://www.nirsoft.net/utils/product_cd_key_viewer.html

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  3. answered 2020-09-19T00:49:50.63+00:00
    Jesse Slocum 21 Reputation points

    Thank you, that is an awesome tool...

    This appears to be OEM so I guess I am hosed...

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  4. answered 2020-09-19T00:51:55.763+00:00
    Dave Patrick 328.4K Reputation points Microsoft MVP

    Glad to help, you're welcome. More than likely. You can still try standing up a new one as a test.

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