MS SQL key is lost?

Just a quick post for my own convenience. Probably, experienced MS SQL administrators already know, but for the rest of us, this can be useful.

Last week one of my colleagues had to upgrade an evaluation version of MS SQL 2008 R2 to a fully licensed version. After downloading and mounting the .ISO file, the setup was started. At some point you are asked to enter the product key. However the product key was not available at the MS download site. The good news is that the key is part of the .ISO file.

Go to the x64 and open the file DefaultSetup.ini. The line that starts with “PID=”, contains the product key.


Source for this post.

See also my post on upgrading MS SQL 2008 R2 Express edition to a Standard Edition.

Thanks for reading.

5 Responses to MS SQL key is lost?

  1. Lubomir says:

    not only that, but all four versions (editions) of SQL Server differ by this serial number only. The installation image is absolutely the same, there is only different file is DefaultSetup.ini you are mentioning.

  2. albertwt says:

    Once again, thanks Paul for sharing !

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