Microsoft Helps Users Extend Eval Period on Windows Server 2008... Honestly!

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Post Mon Feb 16, 2009 5:59 pm

Microsoft Helps Users Extend Eval Period on Windows Server 2008... Honestly!

Check out Microsoft's own knowledge base article, How to extend the Windows Server 2008 evaluation period.


Summary

This article describes how to extend, or re-arm, the Windows Server 2008 evaluation period. The evaluation period is also known as the "activation grace" period. These instructions apply to any edition of Windows Server 2008. This includes evaluation copies.

Introduction

Evaluating Windows Server 2008 software does not require product activation. Any edition of Windows Server 2008 may be installed without activation, and it may be evaluated for 60 days. Additionally, the 60-day evaluation period may be reset (re-armed) three times. This action extends the original 60-day evaluation period by up to 180 days for a total possible evaluation time of 240 days.

Note 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.



Great for your labs.  8)

Hope this helps,
Don
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Post Tue Feb 17, 2009 12:41 pm

Re: Microsoft Helps Users Extend Eval Period on Windows Server 2008... Honestly!

Also if you're a student member of the IEEE Computer Society, you get free access to a boatload of MS software. Definitely cheaper to get the membership than to buy the software.

http://www.computer.org/portal/site/ieeecs/index.jsp
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Post Wed Feb 18, 2009 3:31 am

Re: Microsoft Helps Users Extend Eval Period on Windows Server 2008... Honestly!

Thanks for the link Don, most useful (as my eval is due to expire in a couple of weeks, nice timing.

I'll have to give IEEE another look, never hurts to have another professional body on the CV, if I can save money in the process all the better. Cheers Jason.
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Post Wed Feb 18, 2009 9:33 am

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If you join, be sure to check out the IEEE Security & Privacy magazine that they put out.
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Cheers Jason, just waiting for pay-day to see if I can afford the fees :)
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Post Wed Feb 18, 2009 11:48 am

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They're not horrible as long as you're a student member. They do tend to go up a bit sharply afterwards though. Good thing work is paying for them  ;D

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