Friday, March 28, 2014

Windows Server 2012 R2 - Activate Windows

q: Our customer installed a fresh copy of Windows Server 2012 R2 and the desktop displays a message that the server needs to be activated.  What can we do?

a: Follow these steps to resolve that:

  1. Open an elevated Command Prompt
  2. slmgr.vbs /ipk <insert your 2012 R2 product key here>
UPDATE: You can follow this up with "slmgr.vbs /ato" to activate the server and get rid of that message.