With a few SBS 2003 to 2008 migrations going over the 21 day limit (unfortunately due to third party support on line-of-business applications) we found it necessary to use the below to stop the SBS 2003 server shutting down every hour. I do not recommend this or support this as it is in breach of Microsofts EULA – however in some scenario’s it may be critical to ensure a smooth decommissioning of the old SBS 2003 server.
The below is the error log you should see:
Event ID: 1001
The server was shut down because it did not comply with the EULA. For more information, contact Microsoft.
To disable we followed the below:
- Download the Process Explorer tool from SysInternals – Here
- Load Process Explorer and look for the SBS Licensing Service – C:Windowssystem32sbscrexe.exe
- Select this service and Suspend it – you should find the service greys out
- Open Regedit and expand the following key – HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESYSTEMCurrentControlSetServicesSBCore
- Right click this Key and add the Administrators group giving them Full Permission to the key (refresh this and you should see all the key entries now)
- Select the Start DWORD and change it from 2 to 4 (this sets the Disabled state)
- Open a File Explorer window and browse to the C:Windowssystem32sbscrexe.exe file
- Right click this and load Properties / Security
- Add the Everyone group and set the Deny permission for Full Access (should then tick the sub permissions)
- Go back to Process Explorer and now kill the sbscrexe.exe service – this should now be disabled
- Check the SBCore service via services.msc – it should have a disabled state and now longer be running
- Job Done.