How to detect Windows Server SLIC/SLP version?

Discussion in 'Windows Server' started by aaronouthier, Jan 16, 2019.

  1. aaronouthier

    aaronouthier MDL Novice

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    Hello,
    So, a few years ago, a friend of mine was getting rid of an old server, which I snapped up for home use, and for learning about servers. When I got it from my friend, I'm pretty sure it had some version of Windows Server 2008. I'm about to give it to a non-profit for use in a classroom/learning center. Alas, I had long since put Ubuntu Server on it and wiped the original OS. The new potential owner wants the original Windows Server installed.

    My question is two-fold:
    1. How can I find out if there is a SLIC/SLP thingie embedded in the BIOS, and if so, for what versions of Windows it will work.

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    2. Will the $OEM$ folder I use for Windows 7/8/8.1 to preactivate work the same way with Server 2008.

    I THINK it had 2008 SBS installed when I got it, but I don't recall for certain, and I have no clue whether it was Retail or OEM. There is no COA on the outside of the Machine.

    On a semi-related topic, does any version of 2008 Server have the required software and/or licenses included to work with Thin Clients via Remote Desktop? I have 3 HP t5730 clients, I believe, which run XP embedded. I could be off on the model number.
     
  2. RobrPatty

    RobrPatty MDL Senior Member

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    If you have SLIC 2.4 it will work with any windows server accept 2019.
     
  3. Enthousiast

    Enthousiast MDL Tester

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    You can run the QT from here on MDL, and it will give you good info on the hardware and slic/msdm/activations. The GUI output will show the keys, the saved report doesn't, making it handy to post, when needed.
     
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  4. aaronouthier

    aaronouthier MDL Novice

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    That's generally good info, except that I don't have any Windows installed currently. I'll won't know which version to install, until I can extract the SLIC.
    I do have a Windows 10 PE-based bootable flash drive, and a copy of RW-Everything portable. I also have various linux boot USB sticks.
     
  5. Enthousiast

    Enthousiast MDL Tester

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    If you have the needed tools and the knowledge on how to use them, why ask?
     
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  6. aaronouthier

    aaronouthier MDL Novice

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    I only have the tools, knowing exactly how to use them is something else entirely.
     
  7. aaronouthier

    aaronouthier MDL Novice

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    I've poked around in RW Everything a time or two, and seen some items that look similar to the AIDA tool mentioned, but didn't know enough about that at which I was looking. I have acquired and have used an older version of the OEM Query tool, and the Multi-OEM Project. I'll be getting the Server out of Storage on Saturday.
     
  8. aaronouthier

    aaronouthier MDL Novice

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    I didn't post that screenshot. I don't know what SLIC version I have just yet. The machine is a Dell Tower Server. I do not recall the model number off the top of my head.
     
  9. s1ave77

    s1ave77 MDL Guide Dog/Dev

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    Try to get that combo running. In RWE press the 'ACPI' button (in the middle of the button row), then check the ACPI tables for a 'SLIC' tab and click that, it should show the version.

    v2.0 = Windows Vista/Server 2008
    v2.1 = Windows 7/Server 2008 R2
     
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  10. aaronouthier

    aaronouthier MDL Novice

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    Ok, then that just leaves the edition of Server that I can install from a matching SLIC. On Desktop OS', you can interchange them. eg: A machine that came with 7 Home Premium can be reinstalled with 7 Pro or 7 Ultimate instead. It would make sense that server OS' are the same way, but I don't like to assume such things.

    For example, are Small Business Server and Server Essentials working with an onboard SLIC? I'm certain I can find out with trial and error, but if I can have a USB drive prepared before hand, that would be a big time saver.