How to Activate any Windows Server via KMS for Free

How to Activate any Windows Server via KMS for Free

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Activating Windows Server via Key Management Service (KMS) is an efficient and effective method for managing the activation of multiple servers within an organization. KMS activation allows organizations to activate systems within their network without requiring each system to connect individually to Microsoft. This tutorial will guide you through the steps to activate Windows Server using KMS. But before that you need to convert your Windows Server Evaluation Version to either Standard, Datacenter or Essentials.

Prerequisites

  • Administrative privileges on the server.
  • Access to a KMS server or a KMS host key.
  • A valid KMS product key for Windows Server. Find yours below.

Understanding KMS

Key Management Service (KMS) is a Microsoft activation service that allows organizations to activate systems within their network using a local KMS server. This method is beneficial because it reduces the need for each system to connect to Microsoft individually for activation. KMS activates systems for a specified period, after which they must reactivate by connecting to the KMS server. This process ensures that only systems within the organization’s network remain activated, providing a controlled and secure activation environment.

Step-by-Step Guide to Activate any Windows Server via KMS via Command Prompt for Free

Step 1: Verify the Current Activation Status

    It’s important to check the current activation status to understand the initial state of your server. This step helps identify if the server is already activated, or if there are any existing issues that need to be addressed before proceeding with the KMS activation.

    Check Activation Status
    • Go to Settings > Update & Security > Activation.
    • This will show the current edition and activation status of Windows Server.

    Step 2: Open the Command Prompt as Administrator

    You need administrative privileges to run the necessary commands for configuring and activating KMS. These commands make system-level changes that can only be executed with elevated permissions. Without admin rights, the commands will fail, preventing the activation process.

    Open the Command Prompt as Administrator
    • Click on the Start menu, type cmd in the search bar.
    • Right-click on Command Prompt and select Run as administrator.

    Step 3: Install the KMS Product Key

    The KMS product key is necessary to configure the server for KMS activation. This key tells the server to use the KMS method for activation rather than a retail or MAK (Multiple Activation Key) method. The product key provided must be specific to the version of Windows Server you are using.

    Install the KMS Product Key
    • In the Command Prompt, type the following command and press Enter:

    ShellScript
    slmgr /ipk <your_product_key>

    • Replace <your_product_key> with your actual KMS product key.
    • A confirmation message should appear indicating that the product key was installed successfully.

    Step 4: Set the KMS Server for Windows Server

    Configuring the KMS server address is essential for directing the server to the appropriate KMS host for activation. The KMS server is responsible for managing and validating the activation requests within your organization’s network. Without setting the KMS server, the server will not know where to send its activation request.

    Set the KMS Server

    • In the Command Prompt, type the following command and press Enter:

    ShellScript
    slmgr /skms mskms.roosho.link

    • You may replace mskms.roosho.link with the address of your KMS server if you have any other.

    • A confirmation message should appear indicating that the KMS server was set successfully.

    Step 5: Activate Windows Server

    This step activates the Windows Server against the configured KMS server. Once activated, the server will periodically check in with the KMS server to renew its activation. This ensures that the server remains compliant with licensing requirements and continues to function without interruption.

    Activate Windows Server
    • In the Command Prompt, type the following command and press Enter:

    ShellScript
    slmgr /ato

    • A confirmation message should appear indicating that the product was activated successfully.

    Step 6: Verify the Activation Status

      It’s crucial to confirm that the activation was successful and the server is now fully activated. Verifying the activation status ensures that there are no lingering issues and that the server is correctly licensed. This final check provides peace of mind and confirms the server is ready for use.

      Verify the Activation Status

      • Go to Settings > Update & Security > Activation.

      • This will show the updated activation status of Windows Server.

      Additional Information: KMS Activation Benefits

      • Legal Activation for Free: KMS provides a legitimate way to activate Windows servers within an organization without additional costs per activation. Once you set up a KMS server, it can handle activations for all systems within your network, reducing the need to purchase multiple licenses or keys.
      • Centralized Management: KMS allows centralized management of activations, making it easier to keep track of activated systems and ensure compliance with licensing agreements.
      • Periodic Activation: KMS requires systems to reactivate periodically, ensuring that only systems within the network remain activated. This helps in managing and securing the activation process effectively.

      KMS Product Keys for Windows Servers

      Windows Server 2022 Standard

      ShellScript
      VDYBN-27WPP-V4HQT-9VMD4-VMK7H

      Windows Server 2022 Datacenter

      ShellScript
      WX4NM-KYWYW-QJJR4-XV3QB-6VM33

      Windows Server 2022 Datacenter: Azure Edition

      ShellScript
      NTBV8-9K7Q8-V27C6-M2BTV-KHMXV

      Windows Server 2019 Standard

      ShellScript
      N69G4-B89J2-4G8F4-WWYCC-J464C

      Windows Server 2019 Datacenter

      ShellScript
      WMDGN-G9PQG-XVVXX-R3X43-63DFG

      Windows Server 2019 Essentials

      ShellScript
       WVDHN-86M7X-466P6-VHXV7-YY726

      Windows Server 2016 Standard

      ShellScript
      WC2BQ-8NRM3-FDDYY-2BFGV-KHKQY

      Windows Server 2016 Datacenter

      ShellScript
      CB7KF-BWN84-R7R2Y-793K2-8XDDG

      Windows Server 2016 Essentials

      ShellScript
      JCKRF-N37P4-C2D82-9YXRT-4M63B

      Windows Server 2012 R2 Standard

      ShellScript
      D2N9P-3P6X9-2R39C-7RTCD-MDVJX

      Windows Server 2012 R2 Datacenter

      ShellScript
      W3GGN-FT8W3-Y4M27-J84CP-Q3VJ9

      Windows Server 2012 R2 Essentials

      ShellScript
      KNC87-3J2TX-XB4WP-VCPJV-M4FWM

      Windows Server 2012

      ShellScript
      BN3D2-R7TKB-3YPBD-8DRP2-27GG4

      Windows Server 2012 N

      ShellScript
      8N2M2-HWPGY-7PGT9-HGDD8-GVGGY

      Windows Server 2012 Single Language

      ShellScript
      2WN2H-YGCQR-KFX6K-CD6TF-84YXQ

      Windows Server 2012 Country Specific

      ShellScript
      4K36P-JN4VD-GDC6V-KDT89-DYFKP

      Windows Server 2012 Standard

      ShellScript
      XC9B7-NBPP2-83J2H-RHMBY-92BT4

      Windows Server 2012 MultiPoint Standard

      ShellScript
      HM7DN-YVMH3-46JC3-XYTG7-CYQJJ

      Windows Server 2012 MultiPoint Premium

      ShellScript
      XNH6W-2V9GX-RGJ4K-Y8X6F-QGJ2G

      Windows Server 2012 Datacenter

      ShellScript
      48HP8-DN98B-MYWDG-T2DCC-8W83P

      Windows Server 2012 Essentials

      ShellScript
      HTDQM-NBMMG-KGYDT-2DTKT-J2MPV

      Windows Server 2008 R2 Web

      ShellScript
      6TPJF-RBVHG-WBW2R-86QPH-6RTM4

      Windows Server 2008 R2 HPC edition

      ShellScript
      TT8MH-CG224-D3D7Q-498W2-9QCTX

      Windows Server 2008 R2 Standard

      ShellScript
      YC6KT-GKW9T-YTKYR-T4X34-R7VHC

      Windows Server 2008 R2 Enterprise

      ShellScript
      489J6-VHDMP-X63PK-3K798-CPX3Y

      Windows Server 2008 R2 Datacenter

      ShellScript
      74YFP-3QFB3-KQT8W-PMXWJ-7M648

      Windows Server 2008 R2 for Itanium-based Systems

      ShellScript
      GT63C-RJFQ3-4GMB6-BRFB9-CB83V

      Windows Web Server 2008

      ShellScript
      WYR28-R7TFJ-3X2YQ-YCY4H-M249D

      Windows Server 2008 Standard

      ShellScript
      TM24T-X9RMF-VWXK6-X8JC9-BFGM2

      Windows Server 2008 Standard without Hyper-V

      ShellScript
      W7VD6-7JFBR-RX26B-YKQ3Y-6FFFJ

      Windows Server 2008 Enterprise

      ShellScript
      YQGMW-MPWTJ-34KDK-48M3W-X4Q6V

      Windows Server 2008 Enterprise without Hyper-V

      ShellScript
      39BXF-X8Q23-P2WWT-38T2F-G3FPG

      Windows Server 2008 HPC

      ShellScript
      RCTX3-KWVHP-BR6TB-RB6DM-6X7HP

      Windows Server 2008 Datacenter

      ShellScript
      7M67G-PC374-GR742-YH8V4-TCBY3

      Windows Server 2008 Datacenter without Hyper-V

      ShellScript
      22XQ2-VRXRG-P8D42-K34TD-G3QQC

      Windows Server 2008 for Itanium-Based Systems

      ShellScript
      4DWFP-JF3DJ-B7DTH-78FJB-PDRHK

      Conclusion

      You have successfully activated your Windows Server via KMS. This method is efficient for managing multiple activations within an organization, ensuring all servers are properly licensed and fully operational. KMS activation is a cost-effective and centralized solution for managing Windows Server licenses within a corporate environment.

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      I am Rakib Raihan RooSho, Jack of all IT Trades. You got it right. Good for nothing. I try a lot of things and fail more than that. That's how I learn. Whenever I succeed, I note that in my cookbook. Eventually, that became my blog. 
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      I am Rakib Raihan RooSho, Jack of all IT Trades. You got it right. Good for nothing. I try a lot of things and fail more than that. That's how I learn. Whenever I succeed, I note that in my cookbook. Eventually, that became my blog. 
      I am Rakib Raihan RooSho, Jack of all IT Trades. You got it right. Good for nothing. I try a lot of things and fail more than that. That's how I learn. Whenever I succeed, I note that in my cookbook. Eventually, that became my blog. 

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