Thanks kj. I appreciate the advice. I will likely try it out soon and
let you know the results. From what little I've read windows Genuine
Advantage does not cover Win 2003 server anyway so I may good on that.
kj [SBS MVP] wrote:
> I believe you should be good with the trial key you have. I also think you
> can apply Service packs to a trial but not any of the windows genuine stuff.
> Please correct me if you find that not to be the case.
> SteveN wrote:
>> The server setup group doesn't seem to be discussing Windows 2003
>> server stuff so I thought I'd try here instead. Please redirect me if
>> I'm incorrect.
>> Can I use the product key on the original W2K3 eval kit (no SP) I have
>> for installing W2K3 R2 SP2 eval which I recently downloaded? I have
>> not used the original eval kit and it appears I can only order a
>> Windows 2008 Server eval kit from MS these days, although I did
>> manage to locate the download for the 2K3 R2 SP2 disc images at MS
>> but not a method for getting the key emailed to me. I'm lucky I found
>> what I did since MS redirects all queries for 2003 to their 2008
>> I am not interested in evaluating 2008 at this time, I just want to
>> use 2003 eval.
>> Due to limited hardware available my only option at this time is to
>> dual boot on a machine I use online, so the latest version and SP
>> level I can get in an evaluation form the better since it will also
>> be online.
>> Also am I correct in presuming that SPs cannot be applied to eval
>> versions? I believe I read that some years ago but I might be