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  • Changing 2010 Product Key - Possible?

    I installed Exch2010 with a colleague's unused product key (mostly for test purposes). Now that I got my server up and running 100% perfectly, I'm loath to reinstall.

    I cannot seem to change the product key to my legit one. The applet in EMC is gone, and the command I used (below) to change it in EMS doesn't work.

    Here's the error (personal info redacted):

    [PS] C:\Users\administrator.domain\Desktop>Set-ExchangeServer -Identity mail.domain.com -ProductKey XXXXX-XXXXX-XXXXX-
    XXXXX-XXXXX
    The Exchange server "MAIL" is already licensed.
    + CategoryInfo : WriteError: (mail.domain.com:ServerIdParameter) [Set-ExchangeServer], InvalidOperationE
    xception
    + FullyQualifiedErrorId : 77E7CDDB,Microsoft.Exchange.Management.SystemConfi gurationTasks.SetExchangeServer


    Can anyone help?

  • #2
    Re: Changing 2010 Product Key - Possible?

    The product key doesn't matter.
    Exchange doesn't have any kind of activation process. All the product key does is control which version of Exchange you are using - Standard or Enterprise.

    On Exchange 2007, the volume key is the same for everyone. I haven't seen a volume key for Exchange 2010 yet to confirm if that is still the case or not with the later version.

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    • #3
      Re: Changing 2010 Product Key - Possible?

      This may be a dumb question, but how can I tell which I'm running now?

      Thanks for the insight. Not sure why I was thinking it had to activate...

      Originally posted by Sembee View Post
      The product key doesn't matter.
      Exchange doesn't have any kind of activation process. All the product key does is control which version of Exchange you are using - Standard or Enterprise.

      On Exchange 2007, the volume key is the same for everyone. I haven't seen a volume key for Exchange 2010 yet to confirm if that is still the case or not with the later version.

      Simon.
      Last edited by Flapjack; 26th January 2010, 17:13.

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      • #4
        Re: Changing 2010 Product Key - Possible?

        It tells you in the management console.

        Simon.
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        • #5
          Re: Changing 2010 Product Key - Possible?

          Originally posted by Sembee View Post
          It tells you in the management console.

          Simon.
          Ok, I found it under Server Configuration > Servername > Properties. I missed that before.

          It's the Enterprise edition. I'm pretty sure my key is for the Standard edition. It is from the MS Software Alliance (MSDN) through my college.

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          • #6
            Re: Changing 2010 Product Key - Possible?

            You can't downgrade the version, only upgrade. Therefore if you have Enterprise edition in place at the moment, you are stuck on that version.
            If you want to use Standard edition you will have to uninstall Exchange 2007 and reinstall it, and then use the correct key.

            Otherwise you will have to purchase Enterprise edition to be legally licenced.

            Simon.
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            • #7
              Re: Changing 2010 Product Key - Possible?

              Originally posted by Sembee View Post
              You can't downgrade the version, only upgrade. Therefore if you have Enterprise edition in place at the moment, you are stuck on that version.
              If you want to use Standard edition you will have to uninstall Exchange 2007 and reinstall it, and then use the correct key.

              Otherwise you will have to purchase Enterprise edition to be legally licenced.

              Simon.
              Ouch. This is on a VM and not in production yet. What do you recommend? Without activation, and the fact it's being used for development purposes, is it even worth going through all the hassle of uninstalling/reinstalling?

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              • #8
                Re: Changing 2010 Product Key - Possible?

                There is no "activation" with Exchange. If you have entered a key then that is what you are stuck with. MSDN is valid for development purposes - although you will need to review the licence agreement.

                If the machine is going to become production then rebuild it. Shouldn't take long, I can build complete demo environments in a VM in less than two hours.

                Simon.
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