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WIN2008 – Product Activation

Windows Server 2008 - Product Activation
Microsoft Server 2008 needs to be activated before you can get the Microsoft Updates. For the activation you'll need the appropriate product code. There are two different licence methods namely MAK and KMS.

MAK or Multiple Activation Key allows a predetermined number of activations. The number depends on the type of agreement you have with Microsoft. In addition this license type requires your system to connect to a Microsoft activation server of Microsoft. After the activation no further communication with Microsoft is needed.

With KMS or Key Management Service you are able to complete activations on your local network, eliminating the need to connect to Microsoft for product activation.

Activation using the Graphical User Interface
To activate your product using the GUI, right click on Computer and select Properties.

In the overview select Change product key.

Next type in the correct product key and press Next.

If all goes well you'll and the product is successfully activated you'll be greeted with Activation Successfully. Note that also an additional add is placed in the computer overview.

Activation using the Command Line Interface
Activating the product using the CLI is quit straight forward. Step one is defining the product key and the final step is activating the product, both commands use the slmgr.vbs script.

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slmgr.vbs -ipk "productkeyhere"
slmgr.vbs -ato

Additional information: www.microsoft.com/licensing/existing-customers/product-activation-faq.aspx

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