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how to tackle product activation when training using VMs RRS feed

  • Question

  • Hi, 

    So I bought the Microsoft MCITP training kit, which included a copy of Windows server 2008 for me to play with.  I am now running several Windows 2008 servers virtually using Virtual Server Manager 2005 R2.

    As of today, I am being forced to activate these installations, but of course I don't want to buy licenses, I just want to continue training.  What should I do?

    Your help would be greatly appreciated.

    thanks

    James

    Tuesday, June 8, 2010 8:04 PM

Answers

  • Hi Jimmack,

    Please extend evaluation period. Please read "How to extend the Windows Server 2008 evaluation period" http://support.microsoft.com/kb/948472

    You can do it a couple of times, to total evaluation time of 240 days.

    "Evaluating Windows Server 2008 software does not require product activation. Any edition of Windows Server 2008 may be installed without activation, and it may be evaluated for 60 days. Additionally, the 60-day evaluation period may be reset (re-armed) three times. This action extends the original 60-day evaluation period by up to 180 days for a total possible evaluation time of 240 days."

    Alfredo Arizaleta


    Just begining
    Friday, June 11, 2010 11:47 PM
  • Hi James

    Have you considered using slmgr.vbs to extend the activation grace period?

    C:\Windows\System32>cscript slmgr.vbs -rearm

    For futher technical reference see this Microsoft Knowledge base article:

    http://support.microsoft.com/kb/948472

    Hope that helps

    Cheers Matt :)

    Sunday, June 13, 2010 5:53 AM

All replies

  • Hi Jimmack,

    Please extend evaluation period. Please read "How to extend the Windows Server 2008 evaluation period" http://support.microsoft.com/kb/948472

    You can do it a couple of times, to total evaluation time of 240 days.

    "Evaluating Windows Server 2008 software does not require product activation. Any edition of Windows Server 2008 may be installed without activation, and it may be evaluated for 60 days. Additionally, the 60-day evaluation period may be reset (re-armed) three times. This action extends the original 60-day evaluation period by up to 180 days for a total possible evaluation time of 240 days."

    Alfredo Arizaleta


    Just begining
    Friday, June 11, 2010 11:47 PM
  • Hi James

    Have you considered using slmgr.vbs to extend the activation grace period?

    C:\Windows\System32>cscript slmgr.vbs -rearm

    For futher technical reference see this Microsoft Knowledge base article:

    http://support.microsoft.com/kb/948472

    Hope that helps

    Cheers Matt :)

    Sunday, June 13, 2010 5:53 AM
  • Hi,

    Indeed, slmgr.vbs works.  I've used it for Server 2008, and Server 2008R2 with good results on several occasions.  Whenever I've run it, as local administrator, all I've had to type in at the command prompt was slmgr -rearm.  However, there are more sophisticated ways of automating this as noted in the http://support.microsoft.com/kb/948472 as Alfredo MCT pointed out.

    Steve

    Monday, June 14, 2010 2:42 PM