How do I find out when my MOSS trial expires?

So you downloaded the SharePoint trial a while ago and now you are starting to wonder when does it expire? Where do you look for this information? Well, the kind folks at Microsoft made it fairly easy to find out.



  1. Navigate to SharePoint Central Administration v3.0

  2. Go to the Application Management tab

  3. Under Office SharePoint Server Shared Services click Check services enabled in this farm

Now what do you see?



There should be a warning next to Licensing that says The trial installation on server <server name> will expire on <date time>.


How do I update from MOSS trial to MOSS Standard or Enterprise?


Ok so you figured out when you product expires, now what? Well, call your sales rep and buy MOSS of course. J Once you have a valid license key you need to update your software. To do that.



  1. Navigate to SharePoint Central Administration v3.0

  2. Go to the Operations tab

  3. Under Upgrade and Migration click Convert license type



  1. Now enter you product key

Notice on this screen that it says Current License it says Office SharePoint Server Trial with Enterprise Client Access License.


One of my fellow MVPS inspired this nice little reference guide. He was quite frustrated by the fact that under Check Services Enabled in this Farm he didn’t see when his trial expired. Well, when I sent him to the Convert License Type screen he found his mistake. He had already licensed the server. Whoops!


Shane – SharePoint Help



11 Comments so far

  1.   Curtis on May 3rd, 2007          Reply

    How do you do this if the trial license *has* already expired [I have an enterprise lic]?

  2.   Naor on June 3rd, 2007          Reply

    I have the beta version installed, and the trial period has ended.
    I would like to install the full version (with enterprise license) but keep the configuration as they are now.
    I can’t even enter now the Central Administration page just to write them down.

  3.   Danish on February 21st, 2009          Reply

    I want to convert sharepoint 2007 from Trial version to Full version. I already have sharepoint key. when i go to SharePoint Central Administration v3.0 -> Application Management tab -> Office SharePoint Server Shared Services -> Check services enabled in this farm it display:
    Licensing: The trial installation on server PBAD-MOSS will expire on 7/6/2009 11:59:59 PM.

    but when i Go to the Operations tab
    -> Under Upgrade and Migration and then -> Convert license type it shows
    Current License : “Project Server 2007 Trial”
    I put sharepoint key in Enter Product Key textbox but it says invalid key.
    I want to know why it shows “Project Server 2007 Trial” instead of “Office SharePoint Server Trial with Enterprise Client Access License”.

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  8.   Owen Benneyworth on April 26th, 2010          Reply

    I have all of my sharepoint servers licensed, but I need to rebuild one of them. How do I find out what my license key is from the server before I uninstall?

    Many Thanks,
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  9.   Shweta on May 18th, 2010          Reply

    How can I check MOSS versiuon installed on my machine, whether it is 2007 or 2010?

  10.   Alok on June 7th, 2010          Reply

    Recently I successfully updated my licenses on the MOSS, however wanted to know how I shall be able to view when this period is going to last for. Since at present it does not display the next date below “Check services enabled in this farm”
    Thanks for help

  11.   Rob Breck on February 9th, 2011          Reply

    I just inherited a MOSS 2007 environment and am looking to see how many MOSS CALs are installed and how many are in use.

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