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How do I do a MAK activation instead of a KMS activation for Windows Server 2008?

Posted on 2009-07-01
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I have an activation key from our account on the MS Vol Licensing site for a new W2K8 server It's a MAK-B key for Windows Server 2008 Ent Ed. When I do the "Activate Now" function in the Control Panel, System applet, I get an error message back stating that our KMS server won't accept the activation. I understand the problem (thanks EE!). As it turns out, the only other Windows Server 2008 box in our network is our KMS server, and my new box is trying to register with it. How to I get my new box to ignore the KMS server and take the MAK key directly to Microsoft? TIA
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I'm all set. When I have time, I'll write up the solution for you. If you're just starting the activation process and you only have a few Windows Server 2008 boxes on your network, save yourself the hassle: DISCONNECT your new server from the Internet before you try to activate and be sure to use a MAK activation key, not a KMS activation key. Tx, J
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