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How to active 2012 server against KMS server

Posted on 2014-03-17
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We have a KMS server to activate systems when they are added to our domain. But I need to build some 2012 server and cannot add them to my domain. What are the reg hacks or command to activate the 2012 server using the KMS server?
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No reg hacks necessary. As long as your KMS hey is meant for 2012 servers and you'd set up KMS per documentation with auto discover DNS records, VL installs of 2012 will "just work."
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The KMS server is setup to activate 2012, I just don't know what the slmgr commands are to activate it.
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None. The WHOLE pont of KMS over MAK is that no action should be needed to activate. It allows very large IT departments to deploy hundreds of machines (client or server, such as a hosting environment with server VMs, like Azure) without needing to a tivate each install manually. It "just works."
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right, only if I add it to my domain which I cannot do because I need to build a test domain. But I know it can be done, I've done it before but cannot remember to process.
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I figured it out:

slmgr -skms <licesneserver>
slmgr -dlv
slmgr -ato
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No. The auto discover DNS record allows ANY machine to find and activate against the KMS server. It dies bit have to be domain joined.

And the command you used actually uses the KMS key meant to activate a KMS licensing server, not the GVLK that KMS clients are supposed to use. KMS keys have a limited number of activations, must like any key, and you'll quickly exhaust it using that approach.
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Don't forget that you need 5 servers before KMS starts issuing keys
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