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Thread: Activation problems of WIndows Server 2008 R2

  1. #1
    Knut Sveidqvist Guest

    Activation problems of WIndows Server 2008 R2

    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.

    http://blogs.msdn.com/msdnsubscriptions/archive/2009/08/20/some-windows-7-and-server-2008-r2-activation-resources.aspx"

    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

  2. #2
    Lanwench [MVP - Exchange] Guest

    Re: Activation problems of WIndows Server 2008 R2

    On Mon, 21 Dec 2009 10:51:22 +0100, Knut Sveidqvist <knut@sveido.com>
    wrote:

    >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.
    >
    >http://blogs.msdn.com/msdnsubscriptions/archive/2009/08/20/some-windows-7-and-server-2008-r2-activation-resources.aspx"
    >
    >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


    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?

  3. #3
    kj [SBS MVP] Guest

    Re: Activation problems of WIndows Server 2008 R2

    Lanwench [MVP - Exchange] wrote:
    > On Mon, 21 Dec 2009 10:51:22 +0100, Knut Sveidqvist <knut@sveido.com>
    > wrote:
    >
    >> 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.
    >>
    >> http://blogs.msdn.com/msdnsubscriptions/archive/2009/08/20/some-windows-7-and-server-2008-r2-activation-resources.aspx"
    >>
    >> 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

    >
    > 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?


    Free support for MSDN and WebsiteSpark;
    http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/subs.../aa948875.aspx

    http://www.microsoft.com/Web/websitespark/Support.aspx

    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
    Standard)?



    --
    /kj



  4. #4
    Knut Sveidqvist Guest

    Re: Activation problems of WIndows Server 2008 R2

    kj [SBS MVP] skrev:
    > Lanwench [MVP - Exchange] wrote:
    >> On Mon, 21 Dec 2009 10:51:22 +0100, Knut Sveidqvist <knut@sveido.com>
    >> wrote:
    >>
    >>> 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.
    >>>
    >>> http://blogs.msdn.com/msdnsubscriptions/archive/2009/08/20/some-windows-7-and-server-2008-r2-activation-resources.aspx"
    >>>
    >>> 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

    >> 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?

    >
    > Free support for MSDN and WebsiteSpark;
    > http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/subs.../aa948875.aspx
    >
    > http://www.microsoft.com/Web/websitespark/Support.aspx
    >
    > 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
    > Standard)?
    >

    Thanks for your response.

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

    This is the output from the slmgr.vbs /dli:
    -------------------------------------------------
    Name: Windows Server(R), ServerStandard edition
    Description: Windows Operating System - Windows Server(R),
    VOLUME_KMSCLIENT channel
    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.

    http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/l...tall_KMS_Hosts

  5. #5
    Lanwench [MVP - Exchange] Guest

    Re: Activation problems of WIndows Server 2008 R2

    On Tue, 22 Dec 2009 10:59:18 +0100, Knut Sveidqvist <knut@sveido.com>
    wrote:


    <snip>

    >>> 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?

    >>
    >> Free support for MSDN and WebsiteSpark;
    >> http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/subs.../aa948875.aspx
    >>
    >> http://www.microsoft.com/Web/websitespark/Support.aspx
    >>
    >> 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
    >> Standard)?
    >>

    >Thanks for your response.
    >
    >I got both the software and the key from the MSDN page for downloading
    >software.
    >
    >This is the output from the slmgr.vbs /dli:
    >-------------------------------------------------
    >Name: Windows Server(R), ServerStandard edition
    >Description: Windows Operating System - Windows Server(R),
    >VOLUME_KMSCLIENT channel
    >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.
    >
    >http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/l...tall_KMS_Hosts


    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.

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