I want to install a Microsoft Windows Essential Business Server 2008 Premium Edition. Unfortunately I need to start the installation today, but the license and media won't be delivered until end of next week. We have ordered the EBS System Builder version. I have access to the Technet Plus EBS 2008 DVDs. According to the Technet Plus website these DVDs are identical to the retail version DVDs. Could I use these DVDs to install EBS and activate the license with the EBS System Builder version keys when I receive them?
If they are the same versions on the Technet CD's then you can install it and you have a 30 day period to insert the key and activate it. However you cannot install any EBS CAL packs until the servers are activated, but you do get a 30 day grace period for this as well.