SharePoint Server Service Pack 2 Trial Mode Activation Fix

Update: The fix has been released!

SharePoint Server Service Pack 2 activates the Trial mode of all SharePoint Server related products (SharePoint Server 2007, Search Server, Project Server, etc.). The workaround is to simply re-enter the license code. If you do not do this, then the product will deactivate after 180 days of installing SP2.

However, if you’re running Microsoft Search Server 2008 Express, no license code is provided.

Microsoft will be releasing the June Cumulative Update for SharePoint Server which will fix this issue. The update is expected to be released on June 30th or the first week of July. It is available under KB971620.

Trevor Seward is a Microsoft Office Apps and Services MVP who specializes in SharePoint Server administration, hybrid scenarios, and SharePoint Online. He has been working with SharePoint for 16 years from SharePoint 2003 on up, managing environments with terabytes of content for 150,000+ user organizations. Trevor is an author of Deploying SharePoint 2016 and Deploying SharePoint 2019. You can find him on Twitter and in /r/sharepoint.