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    Windows Server 2003 Upgrade to R2 - License

    One of our servers failed that were running Windows Server 2003, we have since rebuilt it using Windows Server 2003 R2. Do we need to purchase a new license or will the current Server 2003 license apply to R2 as well?

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    We have two Keys, one that does Server 2003 and a different one for 2003 R2. I have mistakenly used the 2003 key when doing a 2003 R2 install and it accepted the key but in the system properties it only showed as Windows Server 2003 not R2.

    As I remember I even ran the second CD for R2 and entered our R2 key in at this stage and it still didn't change the value in system properties.

    So yes, I think you will need a new license for it to be 2003 R2

    (newbie here as far as licensing goes though, I might very well be wrong!!)

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    Yes, the licenses are seperate. You need to purchase an R2 license. About 50 IIRC.

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    R2 is a new product so yes you need new media and licence key.

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