Easily convert the Evaluation Version of SBS 2011 to a Licensed Version using Windows Activation.

Microsoft has stated that due to the size of the SBS 2011 Standard media (6.5Gb), downloading is not available on the VLSC (Volume Licensing Service Center), and is supported via media order only.

However, there is a dedicated large file download system partnering with Akamai to support SBS 2011 Standard Evaluations and you can easily convert this evaluation version to a licensed version using Windows Activation.

Here is what you need to do if you want immediate access to SBS 2011 Standard through download and are a VLSC customer:

1. Download the SBS 2011 Evaluation through the CARE system

2. Install the evaluation onto your target server

3. Logon on your VLSC account, and access your SBS 2011 Standard MAK key

4. Click the Start menu on the server desktop, right click Computer, choose Properties, and then click the link under Windows Activation.

5. Click Activate Windows online now, type your MAK product key, click Next, and then follow the on-screen instructions.

You now have a fully registered version of SBS 2011 Standard.

Thanks: Michael Leworthy from Windows Server Marketing.

See the Top 10 reasons Why small business owners should upgrade to Microsoft SBS 2011 (.pdf)

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