Activating Windows Server 2003 test disaster recovery plan

By brian ·
I'm using Acronis True Image echo to test restoring a production windows server onto a different hardware platform (using the Universal Restore - bare metal recovery option).

However, upon booting the test 'clone' (which is off the network for now), I am prompted to activate that copy of Windows Server on the new hardware.

My question is this: If I activate onto the new hardware, will this 'harm' the existing activation of the production server? I will only have the OS running on the test clone for as long as it takes to validate that the process went as expected.

This is a required element of our disaster recovery plan testing... I just want to make sure it won't impact our production environment by screwing up licensing data.

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While it shouldn't affect the existing install

by OH Smeg In reply to Activating Windows Server ...

I would check with M$ just to be certain.

If they say that it's OK record the details of the date contacted and the name of the person spoken to and keep the details.


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