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How to Activate Server Core

Filed Under (Server Core, Windows Server 2008) by on 04-04-2007

Just because you”re running Server Core doesn”t mean you can get around Activation. No more going to the Start Menu -> Programs option. In Server Core you can Activate the server in two ways, one locally and the other remotely. Both ways use the Software Licensing Management Tool (Slmgr.vbs)


Local Method:


At the command prompt type: Slmgr.vbs –ato


Remote Method:


Cscript windowssystem32slmgr.vbsServerName UserName password:-ato



4 Responses to “How to Activate Server Core”

  1.   Angela Says:

    Hmm, very cognitive post.
    Is this theme good unough for the Digg?

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  2.   Robert Says:

    OK….

    But… how do you enter your activation number?, because running the command if you have installed the server by default, the install process enters a dummy activation number, and this one will offcourse not work for activation. How do you enter your own activation number?

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  3.   Robert Says:

    OK.
    before running Slmgr.vbs –ato
    run Slmgr.vbs –ipk XXXXX-XXXXX-XXXXX-XXXXX-XXXXX (Replace the Xs with oyur numbers)
    Then you can activate

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  4.   BrianM Says:

    Good catch Robert

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