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    Activating Windows Server 2003 test disaster recovery plan

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    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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