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    KMS on Server 2012 R2

    We had the bare bones of our new domain commissioned last week - hyper-v hosts, a couple of DCs, WDS and KMS. Since the hand over I've been creating some servers in SC-VMM manager, using the same template for each - Server 2012 R2 Standard. The first eight activated via the KMS host with no problem, the last two I have done have failed to activate, with the error "The activation server reported that the key has hit the maximum unlock count". I am using the correct KMS key. Any ideas how I can activate these servers?

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    Quote Originally Posted by clareq View Post
    We had the bare bones of our new domain commissioned last week - hyper-v hosts, a couple of DCs, WDS and KMS. Since the hand over I've been creating some servers in SC-VMM manager, using the same template for each - Server 2012 R2 Standard. The first eight activated via the KMS host with no problem, the last two I have done have failed to activate, with the error "The activation server reported that the key has hit the maximum unlock count". I am using the correct KMS key. Any ideas how I can activate these servers?
    Its been a while since I did KMS so forgive me if I am wrong. I believe that you need another KMS Host.

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    What KMS key have you used?

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    @uffy2000 If I need a second KMS host (and I'm not sure why I would) why did the first eight activate with no problems. @localzuk XXXXx-xxxxx-xxxxx-xxxxx-B2G6R
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    Oh, I didn't mean the actual key (you probably want to remove that!). I mean "what is the key for? Windows 2012 Server Standard? Datacenter? etc...?"

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    Thanks localzuk - you pointed me in the right direction - I double checked the licence key that had been used by the commissioning company, and it was incorrect - I've used VAMT to change it to xxxxx-xxxxx-xxxxx-xxxxx-MDVJX, and they activated immediately.

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    oops I was thinking of the KMS threshold for activation which is 5 before a KMS becomes active. have you tried slmgr.vbs /dlv to show details of activations?

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    Excellent, glad to be of help.

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