Sunday, October 16, 2016

Install SharePoint 2013 with Product key that has number of allowed installation exceeded--SharePoint 2013-AutoSPInstaller product bug(not recommended)

Note-: Please try this at your own risk. this is no means to promote piracy. I hope Microsoft fixes this bug with future patches/installation media.

Recently I had a situation where in customer had already initiated purchase of SharePoint license key as the number of installations had exceeded the number of permitted installation with the existing product key. if we try to use this key in SharePoint installation wizard, it will promptly give us an error message stating the key is invalid. since number of valid/allowed installations is already over.

I normally use AutoSPInstallater for SharePoint installation as I prefer having meaningful database names and also having one single script to install and provision sharePoint services.

So here come the bug part. I used this license key in AutoSPinstaller and SharePoint does not complains about it and proceeds with installation and provisioning of service application.

No issues detected while running sharepoint. After few days we got a new valid product key and we replaced it in farm.

Always please use genuine products as product developers deserve to be paid for hard work which has gone into making these softwares.

This article is just to highlight the product bug which I discovered in SharePoint 2013 and I hope MS will improve SharePoint by fixing this.

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