I need to build some 2008 server templates to use for deployment. Problem is that we use a license server for the our 2008 servers, so we don't need to put the product key in. So once the system is added to our domain, the license gets activated. Problem id that the templates need to be in a workgroup. So once a vm is deployed from this template, the vm is automatically added to the domain and the license is activated. But, the templates are not in the domain, so the license is not activated.
Now once in a while I need to boot these templates up as vm's to load new software and patches. But the problem is that the vm license expires since it is not activated.
So, is there a way to have the templates without the product key expiring and not needing to use the product keys.