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.
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:
- Volume licensing programs
- Checked build
ChannelsThe following list describes the five channels:
RetailSoftware 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.
EvaluationEvaluation 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 programsVolume 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.
OEMAn 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 buildSoftware 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 channelTo determine the channel that your software was obtained through, use the winver command. Or, view the volume label.
Use the winver commandYou 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 labelYou 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:
- Insert the CD into the CD drive.
Note Close the Windows Server 2003 Setup program if it starts.
- Right-click Start, and then click Explore.
- Right-click the drive that contains the Windows Server 2003 CD, and then click Properties.
- The volume label is displayed on the General tab.
|R2 Datacenter x86||BX2DVOL_EN|
|R2 Datacenter x64||BX2DxVOL_EN|
|Enterprise Edition 32-bit retail||NRMEFPP_EN|
|Enterprise Edition 32-bit volume licensing||NRMEVOL_EN|
|Enterprise Edition 32-bit OEM||NRMEOEM_EN|
|Enterprise Edition 32-bit evaluation||NRMEEVL_EN|
| Enterprise Edition 32-bit checked build||NRMECHK_EN|
|Datacenter Edition 32-bit retail||NRMDFPP_EN|
|Datacenter Edition 32-bit OEM||NRMDOEM_EN|
|Standard Edition 32-bit retail||NRMSFPP_EN|
|Standard Edition 32-bit volume licensing||NRMSVOL_EN|
| Standard Edition 32-bit OEM||NRMSOEM_EN|
|Standard Edition 32-bit evaluation||NRMSEVL_EN|
|Web Edition 32-bit retail||NRMWFPP_EN|
| Web Edition 32-bit volume licensing||NRMWVOL_EN|
|Web Edition 32-bit OEM||NRMWOEM_EN|
|Web Edition 32-bit evaluation||NRMWEVL_EN|
|Enterprise Edition 64-bit retail||NRMEIFPP_EN|
|Enterprise Edition 64-bit volume licensing||NRMEIVOL_EN|
| Enterprise Edition 64-bit OEM||NRMEIOEM_EN|
|Enterprise Edition 64-bit evaluation||NRMEIEVL_EN|
| Enterprise Edition 64-bit checked Build||NRMEICHK_EN|
|Datacenter Edition 64-bit retail||NRMDIFPP_EN|
| Datacenter Edition 64-bit OEM||NRMDIOEM_EN|
Help filesThe 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 ActivationWindows 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 IDsAll 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.
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.
|Product and Channel||WPA||MPC||Expiration date|
|R2 Datacenter x86||No||69754||No|
|R2 Datacenter x64||No||76871||No|
|Enterprise Edition 32-bit retail||Yes||69713||No|
|Enterprise Edition 32-bit volume licensing||No||69713||No|
|Enterprise Edition 32-bit OEM||Yes (see note)||69713||No|
|Enterprise Edition 32-bit evaluation||Yes||69763||Yes|
| Enterprise Edition 32-bit checked build||Yes||69713||No|
|Datacenter Edition 32-bit retail||Yes||69754||No|
|Datacenter Edition 32-bit OEM||Yes||69754||No|
|Standard Edition 32-bit retail||Yes||69712||No|
|Standard Edition 32-bit volume licensing||No||69712||No|
| Standard Edition 32-bit OEM||Yes (see note)||69712||No|
|Standard Edition 32-bit evaluation||Yes||69763||Yes|
|Web Edition 32-bit retail||Yes||69753||No|
| Web Edition 32-bit volume licensing||No||69753||No|
|Web Edition 32-bit OEM||Yes (see note)||69753||No|
|Web Edition 32-bit evaluation||Yes||69763||Yes|
|Enterprise Edition 64-bit retail||No||69770||No|
|Enterprise Edition 64-bit volume licensing||No||69770||No|
| Enterprise Edition 64-bit OEM||No||69770||No|
|Enterprise Edition 64-bit evaluation||No||69763||No|
| Enterprise Edition 64-bit checked build||No||69770||No|
|Datacenter Edition 64-bit retail||No||69769||No|
| Datacenter Edition 64-bit OEM||No||69769||No|
The following table lists the channel ID values for Windows Server 2003.
To view the PID of a computer that is running, follow these steps:
|Volume licensing||270, 470, 640-659|
|MSDN||197 - 198, 335 - 338, 365 - 367, 425|
|OEM||OEM, 550, 630 - 636, 665 - 669, 671 - 679, 681 - 689, 691 - 699|
|Other channels||000, 436, 460|
- Right-click My Computer, and then click Properties.
- On the General tab, the PID appears in the Registered to box.
Microsoft Product CodeThe 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.iniThe 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.
Article ID: 889713 - Last Review: Feb 15, 2017 - Revision: 2