How to determine the channel that your copy of Windows Server 2003 was obtained through

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Microsoft Windows Server 2003 can be obtained through five channels. These channels include the following channels: retail, evaluation, volume licensing programs, OEM, and checked build. You can use several methods to determine the channel that your software was obtained through. Additionally, this article discusses differences that exist between software that is obtained through different channels. It discusses Windows Product Activation and the Product IDs that are generated when you run the Setup program. This article discusses how to use the Product ID to determine the Microsoft Product Code and to determine the channel that your software was obtained through.

INTRODUCTION

This article describes how to determine the channel that your copy of Microsoft Windows Server 2003 was obtained through. This article also describes the characteristics that distinguish the product when it is obtained through these different channels. The channels include the following:
  • Retail
  • Evaluation
  • Volume licensing programs
  • OEM
  • Checked build

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Channels

The following list describes the five channels:

Retail

Software that is obtained as a retail product typically includes a CD that comes in a shrink-wrapped box. This form of media is purchased from a retail store or other software retailer. It includes a copy of the software that includes all the features the product is supposed to have.

Evaluation

Evaluation software typically is only available as a download. Evaluation software contains a mechanism that counts down to an expiration date after you install the software. After the evaluation copy expires, the operating system restarts every hour with a warning. Or, the operating system does not let you log on. The symptom depends on the expiration timer that was triggered. There are two expiration triggers, and both timers can be triggered at the same time. Evaluation copies of server software have a time limit of 180 days.

Volume licensing programs

Volume licensing programs at Microsoft include the Select Licensing program, the Enterprise Agreement Licensing program, the Open License program, and the Service Provider Licensing Agreement (SPLA) program. Volume licenses are not available for operating systems. Volume licenses are only available for software upgrades.

OEM

An OEM is a vendor that supplies computer hardware. An OEM can provide versions of Windows Server 2003 that are customized to its customers. Software that is obtained through an OEM is typically preinstalled on the computer, but it may also be provided on a CD that accompanies the hardware.

Checked build

Software that is obtained as a checked build contains debug binaries. Debug binaries are different from production binaries because they contain additional information that helps you troubleshoot a server installation. Checked-build software is delivered through development channels like the Microsoft Developer Network (MSDN).

Determining the channel

To determine the channel that your software was obtained through, use the winver command. Or, view the volume label.

Use the winver command

You can type the winver command at the command prompt to determine the channel that your copy of Windows Server 2003 was obtained through. The information that this command provides describes the version of Windows Server 2003 that is running. If the copy of Windows is an evaluation copy, the winver command provides detailed information about the evaluation period.

View the volume label

You can use volume labels to determine the channel that your copy of Windows Server 2003 was obtained through. To view a volume label, follow these steps:
  1. Insert the CD into the CD drive.

    Note Close the Windows Server 2003 Setup program if it starts.
  2. Right-click Start, and then click Explore.
  3. Right-click the drive that contains the Windows Server 2003 CD, and then click Properties.
  4. The volume label is displayed on the General tab.
The following table lists Windows Server 2003 media volume labels.
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ProductVolume Label
R2 Datacenter x86 BX2DVOL_EN
Datacenter IA-64 AX2DiVOL_EN
R2 Datacenter x64 BX2DxVOL_EN
Enterprise Edition 32-bit retailNRMEFPP_EN
Enterprise Edition 32-bit volume licensingNRMEVOL_EN
Enterprise Edition 32-bit OEMNRMEOEM_EN
Enterprise Edition 32-bit evaluationNRMEEVL_EN
Enterprise Edition 32-bit checked build NRMECHK_EN
Datacenter Edition 32-bit retailNRMDFPP_EN
Datacenter Edition 32-bit OEMNRMDOEM_EN
Standard Edition 32-bit retailNRMSFPP_EN
Standard Edition 32-bit volume licensingNRMSVOL_EN
Standard Edition 32-bit  OEM NRMSOEM_EN
Standard Edition 32-bit evaluationNRMSEVL_EN
Web Edition 32-bit retailNRMWFPP_EN
Web Edition 32-bit volume licensing NRMWVOL_EN
Web Edition 32-bit OEMNRMWOEM_EN
Web Edition 32-bit evaluationNRMWEVL_EN
Enterprise Edition 64-bit retailNRMEIFPP_EN
Enterprise Edition 64-bit volume licensingNRMEIVOL_EN
Enterprise Edition 64-bit OEM NRMEIOEM_EN
Enterprise Edition 64-bit evaluationNRMEIEVL_EN
Enterprise Edition 64-bit checked Build NRMEICHK_EN
Datacenter Edition 64-bit retailNRMDIFPP_EN
Datacenter Edition 64-bit OEM NRMDIOEM_EN

Help files

The Help files that come with software from an OEM may be different than the Help files that come with software that you obtain through another channel. Help files can direct you to Microsoft or to the OEM for support. The Help files from the OEM are customized by the OEM according to the OPK Users Guide before the OEM provides the software to its customers.

Windows Product Activation

Windows Product Activation (WPA) is implemented in all 32-bit versions of Windows Server 2003 products. WPA does not apply to 64-bit versions. WPA requires every computer that is running Windows Server 2003 to activate the product. If you are using software and Product Keys that were obtained through a volume licensing program, you can bypass WPA.

Product IDs

All Windows Server 2003 products require the end user to type a Product Key during installation. A unique Product ID (PID) is generated when you run the Windows Server 2003 Setup program. After the Product Key is validated in the Setup program, the Setup program builds the 20-digit PID. The PID is assigned to the computer. A PID contains the following information:
  • The first five characters of the PID indicate the Microsoft Product Code (MPC).
  • The three characters after the MPC indicate the channel ID.
The following table lists the English MPC codes for Windows Server 2003.
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Product and ChannelWPAMPCExpiration date
R2 Datacenter x86 No69754No
Datacenter IA-64 No69769No
R2 Datacenter x64No76871No
Enterprise Edition 32-bit retailYes69713No
Enterprise Edition 32-bit volume licensingNo69713No
Enterprise Edition 32-bit OEMYes (see note)69713 No
Enterprise Edition 32-bit evaluationYes69763 Yes
Enterprise Edition 32-bit checked build Yes69713No
Datacenter Edition 32-bit retailYes69754 No
Datacenter Edition 32-bit OEMYes69754 No
Standard Edition 32-bit retailYes69712 No
Standard Edition 32-bit volume licensingNo69712 No
Standard Edition 32-bit  OEM Yes (see note)69712 No
Standard Edition 32-bit evaluationYes69763 Yes
Web Edition 32-bit retailYes69753 No
Web Edition 32-bit volume licensing No69753No
Web Edition 32-bit OEMYes (see note)69753No
Web Edition 32-bit evaluationYes69763Yes
Enterprise Edition 64-bit retailNo69770No
Enterprise Edition 64-bit volume licensingNo69770No
Enterprise Edition 64-bit OEM No69770No
Enterprise Edition 64-bit evaluationNo69763No
Enterprise Edition 64-bit checked build No69770No
Datacenter Edition 64-bit retailNo69769No
Datacenter Edition 64-bit OEM No69769No
Note There are two types of OEM vendors. Royalty OEM vendors can distribute Windows products by using System-Locked Preinstallation (SLP) Product Keys so that end users can bypass product activations. All other OEM vendors distribute Windows products by using the standard Product Keys that require the user to activate the Windows products.

The following table lists the channel ID values for Windows Server 2003.
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ChannelChannel ID
Volume licensing270, 470, 640-659
MSDN197 - 198, 335 - 338, 365 - 367, 425
OEMOEM, 550, 630 - 636, 665 - 669, 671 - 679, 681 - 689, 691 - 699
Other channels000, 436, 460
To view the PID of a computer that is running, follow these steps:
  1. Right-click My Computer, and then click Properties.
  2. On the General tab, the PID appears in the Registered to box.

Microsoft Product Code

The MPC is an important part of a PID. When customers contact Microsoft, the Microsoft Product Support team uses the MPC value in the PID to identify the product. The Microsoft Product Support team also uses the MPC value in the PID to determine whether the customer qualifies for product support.

Setupp.ini

The Setupp.ini file is located on the installation CD in the I386 folder for 32-bit versions. The Setupp.ini file is located in the Ia64 folder for 64-bit versions. The Setupp.ini file is located on the installation CD in the AMD64 folder for x64 versions. The Setupp.ini file contains important information that is used by the Windows Server 2003 Setup program to generate a PID for the computer. You can use Notepad to view the contents of the Setupp.ini file. The MPC is made up of the first five digits of the PID, and the PID-Channel ID is made up of the last three digits of the PID.

REFERENCES

For more information, visit the following Microsoft Web site:
http://www.microsoft.com/licensing/resources/faq.mspx

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Article ID: 889713 - Last Review: April 30, 2009 - Revision: 6.2
APPLIES TO
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2003, Web Edition
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2003, Standard Edition (32-bit x86)
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2003, Datacenter Edition (32-bit x86)
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2003, Enterprise Edition (32-bit x86)
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2003, 64-Bit Datacenter Edition
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2003, Enterprise x64 Edition
  • Microsoft Windows Small Business Server 2003 Premium Edition
  • Microsoft Windows Small Business Server 2003 Standard Edition
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