SharePoint Server 2007 SP2 bug causes the program to cease at 180 days

Microsoft is warning customers of SharePoint Server 2007 SP2 of a bug that causes the program to stop functioning at 180 days. Microsoft is working on a fix, according Jeff Teper, SharePoint corporate vice president in a post on the SharePoint Team blog. Teper writes:

"During the installation of SP2, a product expiration date is improperly activated. This means SharePoint will expire as though it was a trial installation 180 days after SP2 is deployed. The activation of the expiration date will not affect the normal function of SharePoint up until the expiration date passes. Furthermore, product expiration 180 days after SP2 installation will not affect customer’s data, configuration or application code but will render SharePoint inaccessible for end-users." The bug is activated by applying Service Pack 2 to Office SharePoint Server 2007, Project Server 2007, Form Server 2007, Search Server 2008 and Search Server 2008 Express. Windows SharePoint Services 3.0 is not affected. Although Microsoft is still working on a hotfix, a workaround is available. Customers can avert the problem by re-entering their Product ID numbers (PID) on the Convert License Type page in Central Administration, Microsoft says.

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