No I wouldn't call Microsoft just yet - Would purchase the correct licenses then re-key as necessary. Join 110 other followers Follow. Along with 16+ years of hands on experience he holds a Masters of Science degree and a number of database certifications. Go to and download the Power Shell script and run it on your environment to find out the product key. I find it hard to believe that an Administrator wouldn't be able to go back and check these product keys for audits both internally and with Microsoft.
For any send an email at pinal sqlauthority. They can only provide key if we purchase a retail license. Cannot index into a null array. In some cases, you might see a blank product key using this method also. Most of the question would be answered automatically once you understand how setup works. This would mean that your media is a evaluation media. In no event shall Microsoft, its authors, or anyone else involved in the creation, production, or delivery of the scripts be liable for any damages whatsoever including, without limitation, damages for loss of business profits, business interruption, loss of business information, or other pecuniary loss arising out of the use of or inability to use the sample scripts or documentation, even if Microsoft has been advised of the possibility of such damages.
Apart from that it all works well. They do not contain personal info and they don't send data to Google. Get answers and train to solve all your tech problems - anytime, anywhere. Same result on a Windows Server 2008 R2 and 2012 R2 machine. If you have a requirement to do this on multiple server and going through the setup wizard is not an option, then you can use below command line also.
A while back I wrote a small script to retrieve the Windows license key. That might make some of the licensing terms void. Q3: How do I determine how many server cores the licence we purchased is entitled to? I spent lots of time to find product key. The solution to this is pretty simple. I brought a new laptop and i want to use my new laptop instead of the old and use my sql server 2016.
I just retested on my local 2016 server which has a number of 2016 instances — all worked. Thank you Jakob for sharing such nice script. Please Vote This As Helpful if it helps to solve your issue The other option will be to call 1-800-426-9400, Monday through Friday, 6:00 A. As my company was under volume licensing scheme, as such, it won't have product key, just have to download and install from the resellers website. The value is stored in registry in obfuscated format and there could be software to convert that.
So I called up, learnt a few tips around licensing and this is what I have assimilated from the discussion. The steps to update product key is simple. I've received quite a lot of questions regarding this script. I heard the copy he downloads may have the key embedded in the software. If the execution policy is set to Restricted which is the default , then temporary set it to Unrestricted.
Pacific Time to speak directly to a Microsoft licensing specialist, and you can get more detail information from there. Any advise would be much obliged. Sorry, there was an error loading the Facebook album, please refresh the page and try again. Maybe they can help you on this issue. Review errors at the bottom of the setup page, then provide valid parameters or click Help for more information. Hey Steve, thanks for the post mention dbatools project. Who Hired him in the first place? I was going nuts until I saw your post, I was able to use the script to read the key from another server which was running the same version.
Though this discussion and facts stand true as on date of publication of this blog, some of the nuances might change maybe in the future. Below are some frequent questions which I have seen on forums. Thank you in advance for your help! Having said that, in the recent past, I was baffled to see this query land to my Inbox which was interesting and needed some attention from me. What have you done in the past? Hi Guys, Our organization is being audited by Microsoft sigh and I find myself in a bit of a pickle. In any case, can provide step by step instruction on how to obtain the Sql product key? Most scripts I have seen used are just searching the registry for the key entries. Contractor that works for someone or just a guy someone knew and called in to help the company get up and running. If getting a script working is proving difficult you can always run regedit on the machine where the database is located and find the entry yourself.
Stand Out as the employee with proven skills. But the process to change license key will always be something useful to you in my opinion. Hey Steve, Thanks for the dbatools love! Their purpose is to do with the showing of advertising units on this website. Changing the regkey is not enough by itself. To do so, you will need to download and install Windows Management Framework 3. No paperwork and no record of the software. I wear a lot of hats - Developer, Database Administrator, Help Desk, etc.
I hope this will save some one's time and efforts for finding product key. Unfortunately, a copy of the invoice is no longer available and the digital copy was destroyed during a previous ransomware attack, we are pretty much left at the mercy of a product key. Those who understand binary and those who do not. For Sql Server 2012 you need to replace two lines of code. I want to know correct order of all these terms which comes first. And quite by chance, you do not have a procedure that would have replaced the key installation? Do let me know about your experiences too. One way to figure it out is by reading a registry.