Change Farm ID?
We finally rebuilt our SharePoint environment on a new server. Was quite easy and un-problematic. The only issue we have is with “Ontolica”. First, the production license didn’t come over. I resolved that by tapping into the database myself and retrieve the binary version of the file. BUT, the license is tight to the farm ID. Since I created a brand new installion and farm, our new farm id is different than the old one. I called “SurfRay” and they said that they wouldn’t/couldn’t L issue me a new license. Is there any way for me to change the farm ID of the new farm to the farm ID of the old farm? --tolgaKemal Tolga Koseoglu Application Developer WATG
October 19th, 2010 3:28am

Every vendor should issue a new license when you upgrade your server, PROVIDED that you also decomission the old server. I don't know why they won't issue you a new license, but that's the best way to solve this. Messing with internal farm ID values in SharePoint can only cause major issues down the road. If it was me, I would be looking for an alternative tool if they wouldn't renew your license. No vendor that acts that way, is worthy of your business... either now or in the future. I trust that answers your question... Thanks C http://www.cjvandyk.com/blog
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October 19th, 2010 3:04pm

hey, Cornelius is right i would also not recommend you to change the farm ID it can cause major issues with your MOSS, tell the vendors that you are stuck without the license and their is no workaround for this.
October 22nd, 2010 9:44am

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