How to activate Windows Server licenses

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Case #

You need to active licenses in your Windows Server environment.

Solution #

There are two ways to activate Windows Server:

  • KMS (requires additional KMS host machine)
  • MAK (static license  key assignment)

Either way what needs to be done is depending on the version of Windows Server running on the Hyper-V host:

If the hypervisor host is not Hyper-V then the only way to activate Windows Servers is via either KMS or MAK keys for each of the corresponding Windows OS running on each server.

Note that the license key can be obtained by any available Microsoft licensing channel, including Volume (SPLA) and Open licensing.

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