So.... I built a temporary Hyper-V server running W2012R2 Standard. I did NOT activate Windows on it. I created a VM on it, also running W2012R2 Standard, and also not activated. I built up and configured this VM in a sandboxed environment, and then I transferred it to our production environment.
In order to transfer it to our production environment, I exported the Hyper-V VM. Copied the export to our W2012R2 Datacenter server, and imported the VM.
When I did so, Windows still needed to be activated, so I tried to activate it. It prompted for the key, so I used the same key as I did for the Hyper-V host. It didn't like that, and I got "That key can't be used to activate this edition of Windows. Please try a different key."
I guess my questions are:
Should I call Microsoft to get this activated?
Did I do something wrong, or was there a better way to do this?
Thanks for your time!