I run multiple vm of Windows 2003 R2, which are copies of the same original vm. To each VM I give a different mac address (and use dhcp). The original VM was installed on identical virtual hardware, and it is activated.
On some instances I get the message:
“Since Windows was first activated on this computer, the hardware on the computer has changed significantly. Due to these changes, Windows must be reactivated within 3 days. Do you want to reactivate Windows now?”
All virtual machines hardware are identical but the mac address that I change. I fail to understand why this message appears.
I tried to boot similar copies with different mac addresses but I don’t see a pattern. Sometimes it appears and sometime it doesn’t.
Can you explain this behaviour?
As I am more a Linux guy, I try to control the win machines via ssh.
I looked for a way to make this reactivation with command line only and failed.
The sysprep that looked promising resulted with the same message.
Is there a way to reactivate windows 2003 R2 in an automated way using command line only (I don’t even see the GUI)?
Thanks for any info,
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