This Knowledgebase article provides information about required reactivation of the Windows 2003 or Windows Server 2008 license, following a clone installation of Neverfail Heartbeat on a Secondary or Tertiary server.
|NOTE:||Where the following information refers to a Secondary server, it also applies to a Tertiary server installed by cloning the Primary server.|
When performing a clone install, the Primary server is used to clone the Secondary servers. If the Primary and Secondary servers have 3 or more differences in hardware, Windows 2003 or Windows Server 2008 will require reactivation. This occurs only during installation of Neverfail Heartbeat.
The differences involved may be slight, such as amount of RAM or different slots for the NICs or other PCI devices. Servers with apparently identical hardware also may trigger reactivation due to a number of factors, such a the number of previous changes, different physical disk serial numbers for the system disks, or different MAC addresses for the network interface connection hardware.
The activation process must be performed online with Microsoft when the server is set to the Active role as part of the acceptance testing, or by telephone with Microsoft.
For more information, see the following article on the Microsoft Web site: Product Activation for Windows Vista and Windows Server 2008
Neverfail Heartbeat installations on Windows 2003 or Windows Server 2008.