Can you help me with my software licensing question?
I'm working with a small business' server that has started displaying messages about their copy of Windows not being genuine. After some investigation, I discovered that they have a legitimate Windows Server 2008 license from early 2009 - before the release of Windows Server 2008 R2. They recently had to reinstall Windows Server, and reinstalled from media for the 2008/R2 version instead of for the 2008/R1 version. As a result, there's a mismatch between the version of the OS installed and the version that their license applies to. However, they've already done a fair bit of work on the server, and after a difficult and lengthy Windows re-install process, are not keen to sink more time into this server.
What options exist for bringing this server into license compliance? Is it possible to "downgrade" to Windows Server 2008 R1? (initial searches say 'no,' but I could be wrong) The owners of the server also want to save "buy a new license" as a last resort, because they're only running the one server, so buying multiple licenses for it is distasteful.
I personally suspect that this client is running afoul of the "pick two" rule, but my sysadmin-fu is not strong when it comes to Windows.
- Does there exist an easy way to bring the server into license compliance without buying a new license or reinstalling Windows from media that matches the license version?
- What technique for bringing the Windows server into license compliance involves the least downtime?