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Installing and Extending Microsoft Windows Server 2008 Trial Software

Source: http://support.microsoft.com/kb/948472 Evaluating Windows Server 2008 software does not require product activation. Any edition of Windows Server 2008 may be installed without activation. In the Windows Server 2008 Evaluation DVD package, there is a 120-day initial evaluation period. You can extend the evaluation period to 240 days. To extend the initial evaluation and testing period, follow the steps in this Microsoft Knowledge Base article (http://support.microsoft.com/kb/948472).

How to install Windows Server 2008 without activating it:
1. Run the Windows Server 2008 Setup program. 2. When you are prompted to enter a product key for activation, do not enter a key. Click No when Setup asks you to confirm your selection. 3. You may be prompted to select the edition of Windows Server 2008 that you want to evaluate. Select the edition that you want to install. Note: After Windows Server 2008 is installed, the edition cannot be changed without reinstalling it. 4. When you are prompted, read the evaluation terms in the Microsoft Software License Terms, and then accept the terms.

How to manually extend the evaluation period:
When the initial evaluation period nears its end, you can run the Slmgr.vbs script to reset the evaluation period. To do this, follow these steps: 1. Click Start, and then click Command Prompt. 2. Type slmgr.vbs -dli, and then press ENTER to check the current status of your evaluation period. 3. To reset the evaluation period, type slmgr.vbs –rearm, and then press ENTER. 4. Restart the computer. This resets the evaluation period to 60 days. oneMscomBlade,oneMsomNav,oneMscomFooter,

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type slmgr. follow the steps in this Microsoft Knowledge Base article. Type slmgr. the 60-day evaluation period may be reset (re-armed) three times.vbs -dli.vbs script that is in the System32 folder. Note After Windows Server 2008 is installed. You can extend the Professional by Email. When you are prompted to enter a product key for activation. Additionally. To check the time that is left on your current evaluation period. Latinoamérica (Español) France (Français) Italia (Italiano) Magyarország (Magyar) Polska (Polski) Portugal (Português) Türkiye (Türkçe) Ελλάδα (Ελληνικά) Қазақстан (Қазақ) Россия (Русский) Україна (Україньска) . follow these steps: Click Start. run the Slmgr. Click No when Setup asks you to confirm your selection. This action extends the original 60-day evaluation period by up to 180 days for a total possible evaluation time of 240 days. The slmgr.vbs –rearm. and then click Command Prompt. there is a 120-day initial evaluation period.vbs script to reset the evaluation period. Select the edition that you want to install. How to manually extend the evaluation period When the initial 60-day evaluation period nears its end. or Phone and testing period. To extend the initial evaluation Online. Get System Center Advisor Article Translations (‫الشرق الوسط )العربية‬ Brasil (Português) Česká republika (Čeština) Deutschland (Deutsch) España. you can run the Slmgr. To reset the evaluation period. Any edition of Windows Server 2008 may be installed without activation. do not enter a key. and then accept the terms. Back to the top | Give Feedback MORE INFORMATION How to install Windows Server 2008 without activating it Run the Windows Server 2008 Setup program. evaluation period to 240 days. and it may be evaluated for 60 days. Use the -dli switch to run this script.vbs -dli command displays the number of days that are left in the current 60-day evaluation period. read the evaluation terms in the Microsoft Software License Terms.INTRODUCTION Evaluating Windows Server 2008 software does not require product activation. You may be prompted to select the edition of Windows Server 2008 that you want to evaluate. When the Windows Server 2008 Setup program is finished. Office Online Microsoft Partner Network Community Technet Forums Microsoft Developer Network (MSDN) Get Help Now Contact a Support Note In the Windows Server 2008 Evaluation DVD package. Restart the computer. and then press ENTER to check the current status of your evaluation period. the edition cannot be changed without reinstalling it. your initial 60-day evaluation period starts. To do this. When you are prompted. and then press ENTER.

. You can configure the Task Scheduler to run the Slmgr.433</Date> <Author>Microsoft Corporation</Author> </RegistrationInfo> <Triggers> <TimeTrigger id="18c4a453-d7aa-4647-916baf0c3ea16a6b"> <Repetition> <Interval>P31D</Interval> <StopAtDurationEnd>false</StopAtDurationEnd> </Repetition> <StartBoundary>2007-10-05T02:23:24</StartBoundary> <EndBoundary>2008-0917T14:23:24..This resets the evaluation period to 60 days.vbs script and to restart the server at a particular time..com/windows/2004/02/mit/ta sk"> <RegistrationInfo> <Date>2007-09-17T14:26:04. One way to automate this process is by using the Task Scheduler. and then save it as an .777</EndBoundary> <Enabled>true</Enabled> </TimeTrigger> </Triggers> <Principals> <Principal id="Author"> <UserId>domain\alias</UserId> <LogonType>Password</LogonType> <RunLevel>HighestAvailable</RunLevel> </Principal> </Principals> <Settings> <IdleSettings> <Duration>PT10M</Duration> <WaitTimeout>PT1H</WaitTimeout> <StopOnIdleEnd>true</StopOnIdleEnd> <RestartOnIdle>false</RestartOnIdle> भारत (िहंदी) ไทย (ไทย) 대한민국 (한국어) 中国 (简体中文) 台灣 (繁體中文) 日本 (日本語) View related content Windows 2003 Server evaluation copy expiration behavior Extending Your Activation Grace Period on Windows Server 2008 and . How to automate the extension of the evaluation period You may want to set up a process that automatically resets the evaluation period every 60 days.. How to Extend Your Activation Grace Period on Windows Server 2008 .. you can save the file as Extend.. Copy the following sample task to the server.. and then click Task Scheduler. Evaluation copy Windows server 2003 ext..microsoft. For example.xml.vbs dlv How to extend the Windows Server 2008 R. Search related topics Slmgr Slmgr.2" xmlns="http://schemas.0" encoding="UTF-16"?> <Task version="1. point to Administrative Tools. <?xml version="1.xml file. How to check activation status of Windo.. .. follow these steps: Click Start. To do this.

click Extend.</IdleSettings> <MultipleInstancesPolicy>IgnoreNew</MultipleInstancesPo licy> <DisallowStartIfOnBatteries>true</DisallowStartIfOnBatteri es> <StopIfGoingOnBatteries>true</StopIfGoingOnBatteries> <AllowHardTerminate>true</AllowHardTerminate> <StartWhenAvailable>false</StartWhenAvailable> <RunOnlyIfNetworkAvailable>false</RunOnlyIfNetworkAv ailable> <AllowStartOnDemand>true</AllowStartOnDemand> <Enabled>true</Enabled> <Hidden>false</Hidden> <RunOnlyIfIdle>false</RunOnlyIfIdle> <WakeToRun>true</WakeToRun> <ExecutionTimeLimit>P3D</ExecutionTimeLimit> <DeleteExpiredTaskAfter>PT0S</DeleteExpiredTaskAfter> <Priority>7</Priority> <RestartOnFailure> <Interval>PT1M</Interval> <Count>3</Count> </RestartOnFailure> </Settings> <Actions Context="Author"> <Exec> <Command>C:\Windows\System32\slmgr.vbs</Command > <Arguments>-rearm</Arguments> </Exec> <Exec> <Command>C:\Windows\System32\shutdown. change the value of the following “UserID” tag to contain your domain and your alias: <UserId>domain\alias</UserId> In the Task Scheduler. Click the One Time trigger.exe</Comm and> <Arguments>/r</Arguments> </Exec> </Actions> </Task> In the sample task.xml file. Click the Triggers tab. click Import Task on the Action menu.xml. Click Import. and then click Edit. For example. Change the start date of the task to a date just before the end of . Click the sample task .

Back to the top | Give Feedback Properties Article ID: 948472 .1 APPLIES TO Windows Server 2008 Enterprise Windows Server 2008 Standard Windows Web Server 2008 Windows Server 2008 Datacenter Windows Server 2008 Datacenter without Hyper-V Windows Server 2008 Enterprise without Hyper-V Windows Server 2008 for Itanium-Based Systems Windows Server 2008 Standard without Hyper-V Keywords: kbinfo kbhowto kbexpertiseadvanced KB948472 Back to the top | Give Feedback Give Feedback <div class="SURVEYNOSCRIPT"></div> Was this information helpful? Yes No Somewhat How much effort did you personally put forth to use this article? Very low Low Moderate Hig h Very high .your current evaluation period.Revision: 3. and then exit the Task Scheduler. Click OK. 2008 .Last Review: May 5. The Task Scheduler will now run the evaluation reset operation on the date that you specified.

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