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Will an expired windows server license limit you from joinging Domain?

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Would an expired or deactivated Windows Server 2003 license cause the server to not be able to see or join Domain?

We have a Windows Server2003 with dual nics teamed and it cannot find or join our domain.  It was initially installed, set up and registered using our volume license.  It had been running just fine for a long time.  Then we noticed that it was off out domain.  We are able to ping the gateway and everything from the machine itself but it won't join domain.  Had our networking guys take a look and everything is configured and packets will go in, but will not return they say.

After a bunch of troubleshooting like removing NIC, reinstalling and setting IP, updating drivers, etc.. I noticed a few messages in the event viewer stating that our license was deactivated and expired, and running in evaluation mode.  Can you join into a domain if the license is expired and in evaluation mode.  Just wondering if that is our entire problem before rebuilding as nothing else is working.

If license being expired is most likely the issue, is there a way to relicense and activate it with our volume license key and if so how??  
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Make sure that your DNS settign on the server point to your AD domain controller, and not someplace else.
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Well the licensing thing is an issue but it would not prevent you from joining a domain.
My checklist:
-Make sure there is not firewall blocking communication
-Make sure the server is getting an ip address on the same network/subnet as the domain controller
-can the domain controller be pinged by IP?
-can the domain controller be pinged by name?
-are the dns ip addresses correctly pointing to your domain controller(s)
-have you made any recent changes?
-is any network equipment restricting traffic? VLAN/firewall/routing
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How is it going?  Did the sugegstions Orinet make work for you?
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Sorry I have not followed up for a while.  This is back in Networkings hands to look into further.  I ended up rebuilding the server and continued to have issues.  I took another test server within the same rack and joined to workgroup.  Removed the network cable from that server and plugged it into the one that wouldn't join domain.  I was than able to join domain fine, and with the other cable switched to the server that was working I could not join it.

Basically there is a problem with that port somewhere whether it be firewall/etc..  Networking is having to look into it from this point but when I am given an update I will post it.  Thanks.
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So since your questions is
"Would an expired or deactivated Windows Server 2003 license cause the server to not be able to see or join Domain?"


Your answer is no. I would like to ask you to now close this question since you now hae an answer and since the real problem had nothing to do with the original question.
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