I am trying to activate SBS 2003 premium R2 for a VM lab. I have the following CDs which I believe are MSDN issue from a PB torrent: Code: (Filname\MD5) en_sbs_2003_r2_cd1.iso1853632fb6cd850e3e95b1a6f49f97d4 en_sbs_2003_r2_cd2.iso388b2c7076a4faae9afd9d44689cd9c1 en_sbs_2003_r2_cd3.iso64ac8013e3c2cdd1ad7b0be5126a346d en_sbs_2003_r2_cd4.isoc91f85a6c25f51b6fa81cd1d6bd78343 en_sbs_2003_r2_cd5.isoe8f8686b3aeffd1176614a2e305c0f45 en_sbs_2003_r2_prem_tech_cd1.iso05709128037303c21c21b381e30ea1d9 en_sbs_2003_r2_prem_tech_cd2.iso440b6b49edd04c5b36cff79188374521 en_sbs_2003_r2_tech_a.iso70a157f46d69772cce2441cb3b006b9f I have installed all on VMware which has a Dell SLIC 2.1 and SLP string of: Code: Offset Valid Address Range SLP OEM String 000FE841 000FE838 - 000FE850 Dell Inc 000FE076 000FE076 - 000FE086 Dell System I also have this OEMBIOS pack ( DELL-R2-99735910.rar): Code: [MANUFACTURER] DELL [CRC32 HASHES] OEMBIOS.BIN 9B2B4496 OEMBIOS.CAT 99735910 OEMBIOS.DAT B0D03E81 OEMBIOS.SIG 17D2800B Everything is installed and working. The process was to install first five CDs using product key: BBGC6-*****-J9CDW-*****-GTMMB (achieving SBS 2003 SP1 stndrd) then install the R2 CD (achieving R2) and finally installing the premium technology CDs ( achieving SBS 2003 R2 premium SP1). Now I'd like to activate the server (60 days left atm) which winver tells me is: Version 5.2 (Build 3790.srv03_sp1_rtm.050324-1447 : Service Pack 1) - Product ID: 74995-352-0732484-42050 I've read quite few threads and I am a little confused... I was under the impression that if I replaced the various OEMBIOS files in safe mode and then attempted to change the product key to a known Dell OEM SBS R2 code (M633F-*****-8KTH3-*****-RVG6W - XXXXX-OEM-4411902-03101 – Dell) but it would not let me. (Activate Windows -> telephone activation -> change Product Key = Incorrect Product Key) This did not work. (maybe the product key is Dell OEM SBS 2003 R2 standard, that could certainly explain it? Is there a premium in existence?). If the key is valid,... I see the various other files being mentioned for OEM install CD creation (such as the pidgen.dll and dpcdll.dll) which I now assume I need but do not know which versions to search for. Do I need to change pidgen.dll and dpcdll.dll as well (or any other files)? Am I on the right track? Can I just replace files for an existing installation and enter a valid OEM product key? I saw this recent quote from a knowledgeable poster: XP/2003 offline activation = SLP string in BIOS + SLP OEM key + oembios* set corresponding to SLP string,... it's not rocket science. I usually can help myself but if someone might lend a hand I'd really appreciate it! many thanks for the help!! PS - I'm happy to re-install with a modified install CD if this is best, but I'd like to confirm what files\versions I need to create it (the OEMBIOS files mentioned above and some others I do not know the versions?) - I see a lot of info on 2003 server ent and standard OEM but not too much on SBS 2003 R2.