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  • Sysprep Windows 2008

    Hi Guys,

    I like to have sysprep images of Windows 2008 to hand incase I like to test some new features. Normally I run the sysprepped images untill they require registering and then hopefully I'm finished what I want to learn before this happens (With windows 2003 you could choose to not reset the grace period so you didn't have to register - I have technet Direct so I was still licensed)

    With Windows 2008 you only get 3 days before you need to register but I read an article that says you got 30 (Which would be enough):

    http://searchwinit.techtarget.com/ti...267878,00.html

    This was with the Beta 3 release so have MS changed the amount of days you get before you have to register?

    30 days would be ideal as 3 is barely enought to get anything done, esepcially if you haven't got your head around it. I dont want to waste all my 10 licenses either just for simple testing like this.

    Michael
    Michael Armstrong
    www.m80arm.co.uk
    MCITP: EA, MCTS, MCSE 2003, MCSA 2003: Messaging, CCA, VCP 3.5, 4, 5, VCAP5-DCD, VCAP5-DCA, ITIL, MCP, PGP Certified Technician

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    Re: Sysprep Windows 2008

    Actually I've just found out that it's 3 days untill automatic activation and when you click to activate it says you have 60 days.

    60 days will be more than enough.

    Anyone know what happens after 3 days - can I just cancel the activation?

    Thanks

    Michael
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    www.m80arm.co.uk
    MCITP: EA, MCTS, MCSE 2003, MCSA 2003: Messaging, CCA, VCP 3.5, 4, 5, VCAP5-DCD, VCAP5-DCA, ITIL, MCP, PGP Certified Technician

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    • #3
      Re: Sysprep Windows 2008

      You've got 3 days till automatic activation, but if you choose not to activate within 3 days, you still have the entire period of time to activate the machine.

      BTW, an interesting find that I saw on Win2008, is that it "knows" that it's being run on Virtual Server/VMWare, and whenever you make a change in the path of the VHD files it prompts you to re-activate. Anyone else see this behavior?
      Cheers,

      Daniel Petri
      Microsoft Most Valuable Professional - Active Directory Directory Services
      MCSA/E, MCTS, MCITP, MCT

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