Windows Home Server OEM Activation Questions...

Discussion in 'Windows Server' started by Audiophile1178, Jan 20, 2009.

  1. Audiophile1178

    Audiophile1178 MDL Novice

    May 26, 2008
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  2. Suicide Solution

    Suicide Solution MDL Addicted

    Apr 29, 2008
    WHS use SLP 1.0 like XP and Server 2003.

    WHS can use the same OEMBIOS files as Server 2003, but different SLP keys.

    Any large OEM manufacture machine like Dell, HP, Compaq, etc
    already have SLP info in the bios from the factory if they came with Windows XP, Server 2003, Vista, or Server 2008.

    DOS based DMI editors can be used to manually update a bios DMI SLP string. Keep in mind that Dell SLP 1.0 and some others require SLP data in areas of the bios that DMI editors ive seen cant write to and thus require the bios to be modded.

    HP SLP only requires DMI SLP info in the bios so that is the best way to go as you dont need to mod or flash the bios, just use DMI tools in pure DOS (bootable cd with DMI tools ) to add the HP string and use HP oembios files in your setup disk that matches the SLP bios info.
  3. offon7544

    offon7544 MDL Expert

    Sep 27, 2007
    Hi, your bios already have the string ("Dell System") necessary to activated WHS or server 2003, so you just need oemfiles and serial.
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  4. Audiophile1178

    Audiophile1178 MDL Novice

    May 26, 2008
    Thanks for your reply, as well as, Suicide Solution. That dell computer is old and doesn't allow me to add addition storage easily. I don't even think the mobo has sata on it and I surely wouldn't invest in an ide drive. I just ordered a 1tb hitachi deskstar for $94 shipped and am awaiting on that. I'm going to test it out on my system K8N Neo4 Platinum/SLI. Way back in early 2007 I manually modded the bios myself for slp 2.0 thanks to this site.

    So i'm not scared at all about modding it myself if need to be. It's just that there doesn't seem to be a lot of info on this board of how to do it. From what i've been reading there doesn't seem to be one specific way to mod all the bios's for slp 1.0. I think for my specific mobo I can use DMIScope. I've never used that before so if someone could tell me exactly what to do to add slp 1.0 for my msi board that'd be great or if there's another way to do it for my board.

    I think my main question is would the steps in my initial post work? I've never used that used the tool in the first step before. I'd like to understand how to use it in case I get a new computer and wanted to add slp1.0 and slp2.0 into my bios file and then flash it. I understand what to do for slp 2.0 but not what string to insert for slp 1.0.

    To sum it up, If someone could help me with DMIScope and the tool in step 1 i'd greatly appreciate it.