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The content on the Server 2008 R2 Trial Software page states that it can be evaluated for upto 180 days, however on a test machine we installed last week, it's requesting "re-arming" every 10 days, which seems to be do-able a maximum of 5 times?

How do we get it to last more than 50 days, as it'd be a pain to have to rebuild the server concerned!

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Lifted from Microsoft:

"Evaluating any version of Windows Server 2008 R2 software does not require entering a product key, however will require activation within 10 days. Failing to activate the evaluation will cause the licensing service to shut the machine down every hour (The 10 day activation period can be reset five (5) times by using the rearm command. See below for further information on activation rearm). Once activated, the evaluation will run for 180 days. After this time, you will need to uninstall the evaluation software and reinstall a fully-licensed version of Windows Server 2008 R2"

Looks to me like you have to 'activate' the software in order to begin the trial period.

(The following paragraph lifted from blogs.technet.com here)

"Please note, however, that while product activation is required, the product key is actually built into the software so all you need to do is click 'Activate Now'. "

In effect you could get a 230 day trial by 're-arming' 5 times before clicking the 'activate' button

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I had just come here to put exactly that as an "own answer" as I found it (the windows server team blog entry) about 5 minutes ago... It's just a bit disconcerting staring at an "Enter Product Key" textbox, I was assuming that just clicking "Next" wasn't an option! =) –  Rob Sep 4 '09 at 15:15
    
You're right, it's not really made clear within the software - that's why I upvoted the question! –  Marko Carter Sep 4 '09 at 15:23

To get 180 day trail, select Activate Software.

Do not enter an activation key unless you really have one and select Next.

Windows will then verify over the internet and come back stating clearly that you have 180 days.

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