troubleshooting Question

Differentiating Win 2012 Standard from Datacentre edition in VM

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Q1:
After installing a sample VM running guest OS Win 2012, my understanding
from a previous EE article was I'll be prompted for the Windows activation,
& at this juncture, it will determine if the guest OS is going to be a Standard
or Datacenter edition.  So can I say that I can't clone out a Win 2012 as
Standard or Enterprise unless I activate/register the 1st sample Win2012
VM (in a newly set up vCenter) ?  Or it's still possible, ie during cloning,
it will prompt for the licence/key activation?

Q2:
In Win 2008 R2, I install using different iso images for Standard & Enterprise
& after the VMs are installed & deployed, then I activate on each VM
individually or could I have just activated on one sample VM & when it's
cloned over, I don't need to activate on those cloned/deployed VMs anymore?

As activation of Windows can be quite tedious esp with 20+ VMs to activate,
I'm trying to find a shortcut way such that the activation can be "cloned" over.
Certainly, the sample VM must not join domain first.
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