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Error when activating windows server 2008 R2

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I am trying to activate a reinstall of Windows server 2008 R2 Standard Edition and I get an error message with the code 0xC004C781 and the description "The activation server reported that it failed to update product key record"

Thank you for any suggestions you may have.

Pat
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by:John Hurst
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Have you called Microsoft Licensing Support?
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by:Pat Clancy
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Thank you John but there is no option to activate by phone.  And the only phone numbers I can seem to find our for volume licensing.
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by:Pat Clancy
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Yes, I to Googleized the support number and got the one for volume license support for Canada Canada which I went ahead and called and just worked through the menus and got to a person and found out that actually the activation server is down.  So this time it's not my fault! :-)

Thanks for your help John.
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by:Pat Clancy
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Thank you for your help John once again you pointed me in the right direction.

Pat
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You are very welcome and I was happy to get you going.
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