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 😉
The solution is to use the old SLMGR.VBS script, this works..luckily 😉
Just open a command prompt and type:
“cscript c:\windows\system32\slmgr.vbs /ipk <product-key>”
I had been hitting my head against a wall for a time with this activation. Found your tip and it worked immediately. Thank you!
Thanks for writing back 😉
you saved my day !!!
Glad to hear that 😉
it works, Thanks !!
Glad to hear 😉
Well… i have a windows server 2019 and with this method of activate mine doesn’t work…. any ideas on how to have it fixed.
Are you using correct key (standard / datacenter) Do you run commands as admin in command prompt? 🙂
Thanks so much!!! I don’t why Microsoft couldn’t post this on the VLSC site when you download open license key???
Thank you! MS Support could not provide a solution…
Thank you so much, I have been looking for a fix for hours!
Amazing.. out of the box I got that error and I get errors joining this 2019 to my domain as well. I guess there will never be a bug free Server edition from Windows.
mine install succesfully but doesnt activate. any ideas?
You installed the server successfully?
You have to run the commands for successfull activation, and of course, have a license key?
Very Good….save my job!
This completes successfully but does not result in activation.
Just refresh, it will work 🙂
Try to close and open the window, often the GUI does not update accordingly 🙂
Just another thank you. I did an in-place upgrade from 2012 R2 to 2019. This little VBS script was the ticket.
I did an in-place upgrade from 2012r2 to 2019 std… ran the cscript and it says it activated but it does not work still… I have ran updates but still nothing… rebooted… tried the trouble shoot and it give and this error “something interrupted our trouble shooting… make sure you are connected to the internet (0xd0020017).
I have an internet connection… so firewall is open at the moment. so I am stuck.
Are you using latest ISO?
Also I read somewhere that you can try to type in the code, when you install windows, and not after.
have you typed in the commands in a command prompt in admin-mode?
Hi, I tried this and failed. It says;
Error: 0xC004F069 On a computer running Microsoft Windows non-core edition, run ‘slui.exe 0x2a 0xC004F069’ to display the error text.
The Software Licensing Service reported that the product SKU is not found.
Also I have same problem with James N (We can’t reach activation servers right now. Make sure you’re connected to the Internet . ..)
I am having same activation issue, and after running command I am getting below error.
Error: 0xC004F075 The Software Licensing Service reported that the operation cannot be completed because the service is stopping
Any help ??
Note that I installed a fresh copy of Windows server 2019 Essential.
Hi Pradeep, have you installed the KMS version af Windows and nok the MAK?
Worked like a treat for me…Thanks a million
Glad to hear that – thanks 🙂
Martin, you are my new hero!
not only did your suggestion work, it wasn’t buried in a wall of unnecessary fluff!
I’d buy you a beer if you were here!
Hi Paul, glad to hear, anyways 🙂
Brilliant! I had this issue, and none of the microsoft solutions worked… this fixed it!
Saved my day!
Glad to hear 🙂
On a new server with a new Server 2019 I mistakenly installed and activated the Standard version not the datacenter desktop version of Server 2019. So I wiped it out and reinstalled the datacenter version but now it will not activate. Can I do anything?
They key you are using, is it KMS or MAK maybe?
THanks you sharing.