Monday, 10 January 2011

SBS v7 Beta Bits Expiring Today – No Date Reset Either

We managed to get our hands on an NDA copy of the SBS v7 bits a number of months back. We worked our way through the migration from SBS 2003 R2 Premium to our current SBS v7 configuration.

When we logged into the server a couple of days ago we were greeted with a message about the bits expiring.

We typed “WinVer [Enter]” from a command prompt and we saw:


The plan was to run the migration into an SBS 2011 RMT based VM over this last weekend but 12” of snow among other things kept us out of the shop and off the computers this last weekend.

It was mentioned that applying the release candidate of Service Pack 1 for Windows Server 2008 R2 may extend the deadline for these particular bits.

So, we ran the RC Service Pack:


Note that it looks as though the service pack has bits built in for SBS 2011.

The update took about 25 minutes on the server the bits are currently running on (1U, 8GB, Xeon X33xx, Intel RAID, 300GB 15K SAS x3 in RAID 5).

Once we were done though we were greeted with the following after a WinVer:


No change in expiry date.

That has meant a crash SBS v7 to SBS 2011 migration today all the while working on client needs.

We are following the SBS 2008 to SBS 2008 migration documentation for this process as it should be fairly similar though Exchange 2010 may add a few hiccups along the way.

Philip Elder
Microsoft Small Business Specialists
Co-Author: SBS 2008 Blueprint Book

*Our original iMac was stolen (previous blog post). We now have a new MacBook Pro courtesy of Vlad Mazek, owner of OWN.

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