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?


  2.   Robert Says:


    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?


  3.   Robert Says:

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


  4.   BrianM Says:

    Good catch Robert


Leave a Reply