I'm testing several servers in a virtual boot environment for future upgrades and in the virtual boot environment it says, "Activate Windows Now, Windows detected a change in hardware or hardware drivers and must be activated again. Click this message to start activation."
My concern is I only care to test for about a week to gain knowledge of future projects around this server. If I activate I assume it will affect the physical server in production, is this correct?
If so how to get around using the virtual environment to test for a short period of time?
If I activate the virtual machine will I simply be asked to activate the physical machine in production when the time comes? Obviously there will be issues if the actual server has activation issues.