Here's a common issue faced by IT admins when
rebuilding office servers and PC systems, or conducting audits on servers
located in remote facilities; undocumented OS product keys.
Say for example that your company has four installed servers
but five Win 2K3 Server licences available. The person who
first rolled out the servers didn't document which server was assigned which
key, so you don't know which key goes to what server, and which of the five
product keys remains available for use.
Looking for a plain text Win2K3 Server product key in the system registry
won't help, it's encrypted.
What you need is a 'product key finder'. One such application is Winkeyfinder
v1.75, a lightweight program that runs right from the desktop. The program works
with Windows 7/vista/XP operating systems and allows you to change some
registration fields as well. Recovering keys takes a matter of seconds, but with
Win2K3 Server is just doesn't work.
Next up, we tried out 'Keyfinder Thing v3.1.6' ( www.ychatsharp.com ). This
small application does run under 32-bit and 64-bit Win 2K3 Server and with it OS
product keys are rapidly discovered. In our example, which key went where was
sorted out and crucially the unused key was determined.
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