How to handle licensing for a permanent test network?

Hey All,
My department has a permanent Test Network where we test patches.

When we migrate to 2008, we'll need to upgrade all of our Test Network servers to 2008 (all are running on VMWARE ESX).

Do I have to buy duplicate licenses for the Test Network and the Production Network?

Management will not be thrilled about the idea of paying for everything twice. I've used eval licenses in the past, but I don't want to rebuild the servers when their activation period runs out.

I'm not looking to skirt the system, I just want to hear what others are doing to license their corporate test networks.



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