I need to create a "Lab" environment of my production 2003 domain server with Exchange2003, before purchasing new hardware & software to migrate in real-time.
I installed VMware onto my laptop and created a Windows 2003 server VM to ensure I could actually achieve what is needed. I the used Acronis to image the server and booted the VM guest using that image which seems to boot fine. However ran into a problem immediately, the original server is OEM so its asking me to activate again on the VM ionstall,
I am worried that should I activate this for testing purposes the actual live machine will be disabled, that wouldn't go down well.
Am I able to activate this by phone with MS and leave live working so I can test the solution works? Failing that could I boot the VM server image and simply run a repair from Windows 2003 boot disk, would that leave my server intact but rectify the registration options?
Any other ideas much appreciated, sure I'm not the first in this position?