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??