I was trying to deploy a windows 2003 R2 server virtual machine from a existing template with a little bit of customization.
According to the customization wizard, I could just leave the product key field empty if no license is required.
(It didn't ask me for license key when I was preparing the template)
However, during customization, it always stuck at the product key prompt.
I wonder if any one know what could be wrong?
Here's some more info on my environment
Created from a Windows 2003 R2 Server ISO provided by my company which didn't require product key during installation
v4.1 build 258902
sysprep files are loaded from the above ISO to %ALLUSERSPROFILE%\VMware\VMware VirtualCenter\Sysprep\svr2003
Files under Sysprep\svr2003 are
cvtarea.exe, deploy.chm, factory.exe, oformat.com readme.txt, ref.chm, setupcl.exe, setupmgr.exe, sysprep.exe, wfinf_guide.doc
Thank you very much for your time and help.
2003 requires a license key for the installation when using sysprep, whether that is a volume license key or a retail key. I only leave the license key field blank when working with KMS activated operating systems, such as Server 2008 and Windows 7.