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Restoring server 2008 from reduced functionality mode

I have a 2008 server that is running in VMware; the server was used for a special project almost a year ago and then shut down. Unknowing to me I forgot to activate it, probably because I thought it was a one-time use situation,  Now I need to get this server back up and running for a permanent  role . When I turned it on it went into reduced functionality mode because it was showing as non-genuine. I was able to activate the server but cannot seem to get it out of reduced functionality mode. I have no network and very limited services that our running to work with.  
Windows Server 2008Microsoft Legacy OSVMware

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NWLRIT

8/22/2022 - Mon
Randy Downs

Try this
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/948472/en-us

How to manually extend the evaluation period
When the initial 60-day evaluation period nears its end, you can run the Slmgr.vbs script to reset the evaluation period. To do this, follow these steps:
Click Start, and then click Command Prompt.
Type slmgr.vbs -dli, and then press ENTER to check the current status of your evaluation period.
To reset the evaluation period, type slmgr.vbs –rearm, and then press ENTER.
Restart the computer.
This resets the evaluation period to 60 days.
NWLRIT

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Good response, but I have already tried that with no luck. .
Randy Downs

You might be able to just update and get rid of RFM

http://www.networksteve.com/forum/topic.php?TopicId=14671

Reduced Functionality Mode (RFM) has been removed from Windows Vista SP1 and Windows Server 2008 and replaced
with a notifications-based experience.
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The server was deleted from the VM and rebuilt from scratch.  No resolution was discovered for this issue.