Server 2019 VM Licensing

zito2000
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Here is the situation:
I recently purchased a Dell server that had Server 2019 Standard pre-installed. Now it is my understanding that I can install Hyper-V and have 1 "free" install of Server 2019 Standard as a VM.
Is that accurate?

If so, where do I obtain the actual product key from?  

Thank you!!!
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Distinguished Expert 2018
Commented:
U can install two free vms on standard edition

Use same key as host server, probably you should get one on. Host servers back sticker
RobertSystem Admin

Commented:
Technically the license allows for 1 physical or 2 virtual servers.
So if you install Hyper V on the host you can then install 2 - 2019 vm's
Common policy on EE is that licensing info should come from the manufacturer (Microsoft), though advice is often given here.  My understanding is that Robert is correct with the qualifier that the host install should do nothing but be the host.
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that information used to be correct.  microsoft has since added automatic virtual machine activation and you use the appropriate product key from the linked document
zito2000Network Manager

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David,
As much as I was hoping it was going to be as easy as the Microsoft article stated, unfortunately it didn't work.  I used the "generic" Windows Server 2019 Standard key and it still failed activation.  
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Any ideas on how to fix it?
Top Expert 2016

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it appears that avma is only available on datacenter editions
zito2000Network Manager

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So does that mean my only option is physically getting from the sticker?
Top Expert 2016

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that's correct.
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Thanks all!  I appreciate your help!

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