so you are having a gold image which you made and then deploy whenever you need to make a change to it and capture that?
if i interpret that correct why is it not possible to make your "gold image" from scratch each time?
once automated making a new "golden image" should be very easy.
as for your question i'm not sure if what you are asking is possible but you might try to put a slmgr /rearm command somewhere in the state restore part of your deployment so that it has that 30 days grace period before it gets added to your domain.
Correct, I am deploying the gold image - making changes - and then capturing it back.
The primary reason I am unable to generate the image from scratch each time is I have been unsuccessful in making certain user specific changes in an automated fashion.
Examples: Taskbar customizations, start menu customizations, screen saver customizations, theme customizations to impact all users.
Currently I am using copyprofile to great effect which allows these types of customizations to persist. A "from scratch" approach would necessitate changing these settings on the golden image manually each time, which I'd like to avoid.
Additionally, I have Office 2007 and all current applicable Windows and Office updates included in the golden image. I'm aware of the ability to automate the installation of office 2007 into the image as well as getting the WSUS server to deploy updates during the task sequence. However, in the interest of deployment time, I like having these included in the golden image. I would also not want to recreate these two factors each time I want to adjust the golden image.
I like your suggestion of including a slmgr /rearm during the initial stages of the deployment. I will test this today and report results. Thanks for the suggestion.