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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.
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If this is 2008, 2008 r2, and probably also 2012 server, open a CMD prompt as administrator, then enter slmgr /rearm. This will extend your trial license period.
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It will not immediately affect the physical server in production, it will however add the activation to Microsoft's database which could affect the re-activation of the physical server should it have its motherboard or similar changed in the future. That's assuming a local database isn't used for volume licensing.
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IF You are only testing for a number of days then you dont need to activate anything at all. Just carry on and ignore the message for a few days of testing.
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by:Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE)
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I would not worry about it, we do not bother activating servers for months, when in test!

Just ignore, especially if you are limited on licenses and product keys.

This applies to any computer, physical or virtual.
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thanks for all the replies, I took advice from rindi and it's been working great all make sense to some degree.
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