Introduction to Windows Server 2003 Standard Edition RC2: Part 2 Page 3

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Product Activation

The Windows Server 2003 line of server operating systems is like any other current Microsoft product when it comes to product activation.

All current versions of Microsoft Office and Microsoft desktop and server operating systems require the product be activated either via the Internet or through a telephone call to Microsoft to fully utilize them.

If you do not activate the software it will shut down in 30 days and either run in limited operating mode, as in the case of Office XP, or not at all, as in the case of Windows XP and the Windows Server 2003. (Windows Server 2003 RC2 has a 14-day activation window. This is a common time line for Beta and RC products. This RC2 software will also expire in 360 days, regardless of my activation status. Again, this is a common time line for these products.)

When the product activation program is opened, the first screen you will see is the following:

You can see that you have the option to activate over the internet or over the phone. After you make your selection and continue, you are presented with the Microsoft Registration screen. This is NOT a mandatory step, and it can be skipped by simply selecting No and then clicking on Next to complete the product activation from the previous screen.

Once this is complete you will arrive at the Thank You screen and you can close it. The product is then fully activated for use on that specific system.

Well, that wraps up Part 2 of Introduction to Windows Server 2003 Standard Edition RC2 (3718). I hope you found it informative.

If you have any questions, comments or even constructive criticism, please feel free to drop me a note. I want to write solid technical articles that appeal to a large range of readers and skill levels and I can only be sure of that through your feedback.

Until the next time, remember,

"Security isn't about risk avoidance, it's about risk management."

This article was originally published on Feb 27, 2003
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