The evaluation version of Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007 for this server has expired

Had this happen to me a couple of times when trying to set up farms with least privileges so it’s nice and secure.  Turns out I locked it down a bit too much, rather than giving local admin to the Farm Account, here’s what you do:

  • Grant WSS_WPG read permissions to: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\MICROSOFT\Office Server\12.0
  • Grant WSS_ADMIN_WPG Full permissions to the registry key : HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\MICROSOFT\Office Server\12.0
  • Reboot server

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