Unable to reactivate Server 2003 - Cannot read screen

Posted on 2012-08-27
Last Modified: 2012-08-29
Due to an impending hardware failure, we had to convert a physical server to a virtual server on an ESX host. The physical server was activated with a Dell OEM version of Win Server 2003. Upon powering up the new virtual server, we received a message that the OS needed to be activated before we can log in. I have valid keys on our enterprise agreement to use, but when I choose to activate, I received nothing but a blank screen with red 'X' in the corner. (See attached screen cap).After LoginFailure screen
Anyone have anyway to correct the activation screen or activate in an alternative method?
Question by:jayostertag
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    These instructions explain how to go about this through safe-mode:

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    We have the same results through safe mode and cannot login at all, following the steps in this article. We cannot access the registry and cannot access the classes side from remote network connection.
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    Dell OEM version of Win Server 2003.

    This software lives and dies with the hardware it was originally installed on. You will have to use retail/vm media and do a repair install and enter the key that your company owns.

    you may have to slipstream the service packs to ensure that you have at least sp2 media.

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