Windows Server 2019: Activation fails on a freshly installed server!

By | 05/12/2018

Running build 1809 of Windows Server 2019, the server still have activation issues, IF you did not specify the product key, during installation.

If you use the GUI, it will fail, no matter what, stating that it cannot reach the company licensing activation server (KMS), but hey, I did not ever specify a KMS key, I have a MAK ๐Ÿ˜‰

The solution is to use the old SLMGR.VBS script, this works..luckily ๐Ÿ˜‰

Just open a command prompt and type:

“cscript c:\windows\system32\slmgr.vbs /ipk <product-key>”

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2 thoughts on “Windows Server 2019: Activation fails on a freshly installed server!

  1. Mark Tillman

    I had been hitting my head against a wall for a time with this activation. Found your tip and it worked immediately. Thank you!

    Reply

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