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SQL Server 2008 R2 product key change on production server

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  • Hello,

    We have a one production server which has Microsoft SQL Server 2008 R2 (RTM) -  Standard Edition (64-bit). This SQL server 2008 R2 is already activated with valid product key and is good. When this server was shipped from DELL it came up with SQL Server 2012 media but we support SQL Server 2008 R2 standard so we used one of our own license copy to activate this server. Now we traded this 2012 media with Microsoft and they have sent us back SQL Server 2008 R2 standard edition media with product key and now we want to use this new product key.

    How can we change this product key on production server? Will it affect the server in case of changing the product key fails? Will the instance get corrupt?

    I have one solution but I am not sure of.

    By using the configuration manager, run the installation wizard, maintenance --> edition upgrade--> and there we can enter new product key.

    But will this go smoothly? as we are not upgrading the edition of sql server. It has SQL Server 2008 R2 standard edition now and new one is also same one. Just product key will be different.

    Your help is much appreciated.

    Thank you.

    Friday, March 01, 2013 9:00 PM

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