How can I activate Windows Server 2008/2012?

In some unusual cases, it is essential to activate Windows Server manually when the initial activation attempt has failed after your server was provisioned.

Windows Server 2012:

  • Navigate to Start -> Control Panel -> System and Security ->Action Center -> Windows Activation and simply click the activate button.


Windows Server 2008:

  • Navigate to Start -> Administrative Tools -> Server Manager -> and click on "Activate Windows" under the Server Summary tab.


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