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Windows 2008 Data Center - change product key from KMS to MAK without service interruption

dbrueckner asked
Last Modified: 2012-05-09
Hi.  I have a 2008 Data Center server.  It does 2 things:

 - File sharing through network shares
 - Hyper-V (only test VM's as of now)

Through my volume licensing, I had two product key options for licensing this server instance.  KMS and MAK.  I entered the KMS product key.  Everything works fine, aside from a daily application event error message about the failure of the KMS to register with our domain.   I now realize after doing the research I should have done earlier - I do not require KMS in our environment.

I want to change the product key to my MAK one.  I'm assuming this can be done without any interruption to any services on this server?  I have done nothing in our environment that requires KMS. I was going to change in the evening but thought I'd post this question to be safe.  

Thank You!
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