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Activate Server 2012 Server Core Eval

Hello,

I am setting up a study lab on my  Windows 7 workstation.  I have VMware Workstation installed and have setup an evaluation version of Server 2012 R2 as a VM.  So far so good.  It is activated by using NAT and I have 180 days to play with it.  Well, I also need an installation of Server 2012 R2 Server Core.  I took the same ISO file and installed a copy of Server 2012 R2 Server Core as an additional VM.  The problem I am having is that it will not activate.  I am in the midst of the 10 day countdown.  I have the same NAT setup as the other VM, but can't seem to get it to activate.  I am getting the necessary IP configurations.  I can ping yahoo.com.  Any ideas?

Thanks,
Mike
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Are you using the same Product Key ?

Even if the product is not activated it will still run.
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Andrew,

Well, I used the same ISO file for the server core installation as I did for the GUI install?  It is an evaluation version.  I don't have a product key.  Yes, it is running, but you only have 10 days to activate it to get the 180 days.  I only have 9 days left now.
can you switch the networking to BRIDGED just for test and Activation ?
I suppose I would have to statically assign all of the adapter settings for that to work?
It depends if you have DHCP on your LAN, otherwise yes, it would need an IP Address.
Okay, so I changed it to Bridged and assigned all of the adapter settings.  She still won't activate.  Do you think it has anything to do with the fact I used the same ISO for the install?
It's possible, or you have lack of networking and internet.
When I was NAT'd, I could see the internet just fine.  Now it seems I can't with bridging in place?  Like I said, I was able to activate the Server 2012 GUI install just fine with NAT in place.  Maybe I have it setup wrong?  Seems pretty straight forward though.
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After setting up BRIDGED again, it took.  Thank you.