I'm not entirely clear on what you want to achieve. It sounds like you're running the UI on your desktop machine and the server components installed on it are no longer licensed, but you have installed server components on other machines and these have valid licenses. Is that right?
You can use the UI where you want - it is not licensed. You can add SQL Servers to the Registered SQL Servers pane on the left of the timeline so that you can manage your SQL Servers from your desktop machine (from the File
menu select Add SQL Server
. See http://www.red-gate.com/supportcenter/Content/SQL_Backup/help/7.1/SBU_RegisterServers
for more details). You need to install the SQL Backup server components on each server and activate the server components with a license key. If the license has expired for a server, you will not be able to perform backup and restore operations on that server (an icon is displayed to indicate this). But the fact that the license has expired on the local server does not mean that you cannot connect to other SQL Servers from the UI and use SQL Backup to perform backup and restore operations on them.
As PDinCA described, if you upgrade the UI to 7.1 (either by using Check for Updates, or by downloading from the website), a cog icon will appear next to each server that you have added to the Registered SQL Servers pane on the left of the timeline to indicate that the version of the server components does not match the UI. If you click the cog icon (or select a Server then select Install or upgrade server components
from the Actions
menu), you can upgrade the SQL Backup server components on that server. You do not have to upgrade the server components - the UI is backwards compatible, but some features may not be available (these will be indicated in the relevant wizards). See http://www.red-gate.com/supportcenter/Content/SQL_Backup/help/7.1/SBU_InstallingonaSQLServerinstance
There is no need to pull folders to your desktop machine.
Alternatively, you can upgrade the server components manually by running SQBServerSetup.exe on the relevant servers (SQBServerSetup.exe is copied to the installation folder when you install/upgrade the UI. By default this is %Program Files%\\Red Gate\\SQL Backup 7 or %Program Files (x86)%\\Red Gate\\SQL Backup 7.) This is recommended for clustered installations.
If you want to upgrade the server components without upgrading the UI, you can still add the servers to the UI and manage them from there. However, note that this is not recommended as we do not support forward-compatibility of the UI.
I hope that helps.