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Hello my name is Scott McArthur and I am a Senior Support Escalation Engineer in the Windows group. Today we are going to discuss the steps to activate Windows Server 2008 Core edition using a MAK key via the phone. It is much easier to activate via the Internet but for those computers that do not have access to the Internet (for example a Hyper-V virtual machine) you can use the phone. If you have more than one machine to activate you may want to look at the Volume Activation Management Tool 1.1. This supports batch activation for computers not connected to the Internet. This is very useful for isolated lab scenarios.
The steps in this blog are specific to core edition and a MAK Key but the same general steps could be applied to the non-core edition and other types of keys. In order to activate with a MAK key you must install using volume license media. By default volume license media will look for a KMS host to activate and do not require a key to install. If you are prompted during setup for a key then you are not installing from volume license media.
After Windows Server 2008 Core Edition is installed do the following at a cmd prompt
1. Install your MAK key using slmgr.vbs
slmgr.vbs -ipk XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX
Where XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX is your 5x5 MAK key supplied by Microsoft
You should receive the following confirmation:
2. View your Installation ID
Note: the –DTI option only shows up when you have installed a MAK or Retail key.
You will get the following dialogue box that has your Installation ID
Tip: The Installation ID is a 9x6 number. An easy way to split it up so it is easier to read back to the phone activation system is to hit CTRL-C to copy the contents of the dialogue box and paste into notepad. In notepad it will be broken out into the 9x6 groups and easier to read. For example
--------------------------- Windows Script Host --------------------------- Installation ID: XXXXXX-XXXXXX-XXXXXX-XXXXXX-XXXXXX-XXXXXX-XXXXXX-XXXXXX-XXXXXX
For example here is the line for USA
4. Call the number for your region and you will be prompted for the Installation ID, Groups 1 through 9
Tip: You can press 2 on the keypad to proceed to the next group
5. Once you have entered your installation ID your confirmation ID will be read back to you. The Confirmation ID is read back to you from Group A to Group H. This is a 8x6 number
Type it into your notepad with no dashes so you can paste it into the next step
6. Activate with your Confirmation ID
slmgr.vbs –atp xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
Note: The –atp option is only available when you have installed a MAK or retail key
You should receive the following confirmation
7. Verify that you are activated using slmgr.vbs
Cscript.exe %systemroot%\system32\Slmgr.vbs –dlv
Microsoft (R) Windows Script Host Version 5.7 Copyright (C) Microsoft Corporation. All rights reserved. Software licensing service version: 6.0.6001.18000 Name: Windows Server(R), ServerEnterpriseCore edition Description: Windows Operating System - Windows Server(R), VOLUME_MAK_B channel Activation ID: <removed> Application ID: <removed> Extended PID: <removed> Installation ID: <removed> Processor Certificate URL: http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkID=48189 Machine Certificate URL: http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkID=48190 Use License URL: http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkID=48192 Product Key Certificate URL: http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkID=48191 Partial Product Key: <removed> License Status: Licensed
Check the “Description” to verify it says Volume_MAK channel and “License Status” says Licensed
If you run into any errors with this process please see the following articles
Here are the other commands available with slmgr.vbs
Windows Software Licensing Management Tool Usage: slmgr.vbs [MachineName [User Password]] [<Option>]
MachineName: Name of remote machine (default is local machine) User: Account with required privilege on remote machine Password: password for the previous account
Global Options: -ipk <Product Key> Install product key (replaces existing key) -ato Activate Windows -dli [Activation ID | All] Display license information (default: current license) -dlv [Activation ID | All] Display detailed license information (default: current license) -xpr Expiration date for current license state Advanced Options: -cpky Clear product key from the registry (prevents disclosure attacks) -ilc <License file> Install license -rilc Re-install system license files -rearm Reset the licensing status of the machine -upk Uninstall product key -dti Display Installation ID for offline activation -atp <Confirmation ID> Activate product with user-provided Confirmation ID
Scott McArthur Senior Support Escalation Engineer Microsoft Enterprise Platforms Support
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Thank you so much for this article.
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Thank you very much! excellent information.
For Server 2012 R2 Core you need to divide the Installation ID into blocks of 7 digits instead of 6.