FW: Attention: Important Information on Service Pack 2

Few days back I saw this error message on my notebook that My
SharePoint Serve installation is going to expire in few days.  So I thought I
have installed a trial version by mistake but looking at the blog given below
has shown me the real thing.  Read this and make sure you do the needful very
soon.

 

Feed: Microsoft
SharePoint Team Blog
Posted on: Thursday, May 21, 2009 11:51 PM
Author: sptblog
Subject: Attention: Important Information on Service Pack 2

 

We take product quality
seriously and make every effort to avoid and resolve issues that adversely
impact our customers.  Unfortunately, we have recently discovered a bug
with Service Pack 2 (SP2) that affects all customers that have deployed it
for SharePoint Server 2007. 

During the installation
of SP2, a product expiration date is improperly activated. This means
SharePoint will expire as though it was a trial installation 180 days after
SP2 is deployed. The activation of the expiration date will not affect the
normal function of SharePoint up until the expiration date passes.
Furthermore, product expiration 180 days after SP2 installation will not
affect customer’s data, configuration or application code but will render
SharePoint inaccessible for end-users.

We are working to release
a hotfix to automatically fix this issue. A manual work-around is currently
available and involves customers re-entering their Product ID number (PID) on
the Convert License Type page in Central Administration.  For more information
and detailed steps please read this KB article. (The KB link is
not currently active, it will be available within the next 48hrs)

We want to assure our
customers that this issue does not impact data integrity or their SharePoint
deployment in any other way.

For your convenience,
below are some answers to questions that you may have and we will update this
blog post with a link to the hotfix as soon as it’s available.

We apologize for any
inconvenience this issue may cause you.

Jeff Teper
Corporate Vice President
SharePoint.

Q&A

Which products are
affected by this?


Applying Service Pack 2 to any of the following products will result in this
issue: Office SharePoint Server 2007, Project Server 2007, Form Server 2007,
Search Server 2008 and Search Server 2008 Express.

Windows SharePoint
Services 3.0 is not affected by this issue.

What can I do to fix
it?

To work around this issue customers will need to re-enter their Product ID
numbers (PID) on the Convert License Type page in Central
Administration.  Please see this KB article for detailed
steps. (The KB link is not currently active, it will be available within the
next 48hrs) 

Customers can also wait
for the hotfix (available for free from http://support.microsoft.com) to
resolve this issue.

Product ID numbers (PIDs)
can be retrieved by logging into the Volume
Licensing Service Center
.

Note: For Search Server
2008 Express the only way to resolve this issue is to apply the hotfix.

What is Microsoft
doing to fix it?

Microsoft is working on a hotfix and public update for the product. We will
update this blog post with details and a link to the hotfix as soon as it is
available.

Do I need to update
all of the servers in my farm?


No. The Product ID number only needs to be entered once.

What if I haven’t
installed SP2 yet but want to? What should I do?
You can continue
to plan for and install Service Pack 2 for SharePoint Server 2007 with the
additional step of re-entering your Product ID number after the installation
is complete by following the instructions in this KB article. (The KB link is
not currently active, it will be available within the next 48hrs)

Does this issue impact
anything else?

The issue only activates the product expiration date. The activation of the
expiration date does not affect the normal function of SharePoint up until
the expiration date passes, at which point SharePoint will be inaccessible
for end-users. This issue does not affect customer’s data, configuration or
application code.

I can’t find/don’t
know my original PID, where can I find it?

Product ID numbers (PIDs) can be retrieved by logging into the Volume
Licensing Service Center
.


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