mysterious reactivation request in Windows 2003 R2 and a fully remote reactivation

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    shahar
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    Dear forum!

    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,
    Shahar

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