Activation problems of WIndows Server 2008 R2

Discussion in 'Server Setup' started by Knut Sveidqvist, Dec 21, 2009.

  1. As a member of the WebsiteSpark program I get a license for Windows
    Server 2008 R2.

    I have installed this version of Windows but can not active the OS. When
    trying to activate with the liecsnse code provided by the MSDN downloads
    site I get the following error message:

    "The product key you have entered will not work with this edition of
    Windows Server 2008 R2

    You nust either run Windows Server 2008 R2 Setup or enter a Windows
    Server 2008 R2 Standard product key"

    After posting the query to the customer service I get the following answer:
    "Windows Server 2008 R2 automatically installs as a KMS client. Hence
    you will have to convert it into a MAK client, in order to use your
    WebsiteSpark MAK key for activation.

    Information and resources around the activation of Windows Server 2008
    R2 and the conversion of a KMS into a MAK client can be found on the
    following website."

    I read the documentation and found that in order convert a KMS client to
    a MAK client I first needed to install the MAK. Thus I tried the
    following command:
    slmgr.vbs /ipk <MultipleActivationKey>

    And got the following response/error code:
    "On a computer running Microsfto Windows non-core edition, run 'slui.exe
    0x2a 0xC004F015"

    Doing that gives the error description:
    "The Software Licensing Service reported that the license is not installed"

    And now I am stuck. Please help me, I do not know how to proceed!

    Thank you,
    Knut Sveidqvist
    Knut Sveidqvist, Dec 21, 2009
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  2. I'm a bit confused. If you are entitled to an MSDN copy, and you
    downloaded an MSDN copy, and specified an MSDN key, it should just
    work. Where did you get yourversion?
    Lanwench [MVP - Exchange], Dec 21, 2009
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  3. Knut Sveidqvist

    kj [SBS MVP] Guest

    Free support for MSDN and WebsiteSpark;

    Might as well take advantage of your benifits.

    Otherwise do a slmgr.vbs -dli

    and post the output (masking exact license PIDS if any).

    Did you cut and past the PID? Sure you used the right version (2008/R2
    kj [SBS MVP], Dec 21, 2009
  4. kj [SBS MVP] skrev:
    Thanks for your response.

    I got both the software and the key from the MSDN page for downloading

    This is the output from the slmgr.vbs /dli:
    Name: Windows Server(R), ServerStandard edition
    Description: Windows Operating System - Windows Server(R),
    Partial Product Key: R7VHC
    License Status: Initial grace period
    Time remaining: 19680 minute(s) (13 day(s))
    Please use slmgr.vbs /ato to activate and update KMS client information
    in order to update values.

    I contacted the MSDN support and they now say it is a KMS key. Do I need
    to install some sort of volume licensing tool for this? I got a page
    come the customer support showing an elaborate procedure for setting up
    KMS. I'm not using Microsoft DNS server, this is a stand alone server
    that I just want to activate... Getting a bit desperate here.
    Knut Sveidqvist, Dec 22, 2009
  5. What this indicates to me is that your media type and key do not
    actually match. You can't install KMS for this and you shouldn't need
    to. MSDN is the place to help you out with this - try re-entering the
    key, copying and pasting *exactly* from the key on the MSDN page next
    to the exact item you downloaded.
    Lanwench [MVP - Exchange], Dec 22, 2009
  6. Knut Sveidqvist


    Nov 15, 2010
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    WebSiteSpark gives you a copy of Web Server.
    Install Web Server and your activation key should work.

    ShowMe1954, Nov 15, 2010
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