I apologize in advance if this topic has already been discussed.
I have looked through the forum posts already but was unable to find the same issue.
I'm quite new to Windows Server class OS's yet I'm very familiar with day to day PC, Mac, Linux and UNIX platforms.
This is also my first post to this forum.
I installed Windows Server 2008 Enterprise x86 (KRMSVOL_EN_DVD) three days ago and I've received, today, a pop-up message that states:
<!> Windows could not be activated
Key management services (KMS) host could not be located in domain name
system (DNS), please have your system administrator verify that a KMS is
published correctly in DNS. Learn more online http://support.microsoft.com/kb/929826/
DNS name does not exist.
When checking the system properties the Windows activation (located at the bottom of the window) notes: 57 day(s) to activate. Activate Windows now.
In reading the Microsoft Help & Support article it states:
To resolve this issue, use one of the following methods.Method 1:
Set up a KMS server
Configure a computer on the network to host the KMS software. Then, publish the Domain Name System (DNS) settings. For infomation about how to set up a KMS server and for instructions about how to publish the DNS addresses, visit the following Microsoft Web site:http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/deta ... laylang=enMethod 2:
Use a Multiple Activation Key
Change the product key to a Multiple Activation Key (MAK). To do this, open an elevated command prompt, and then type the following command:
slmgr -ipk xxxxx-xxxxx-xxxxx-xxxxx-xxxxx
Notexxxxx-xxxxx-xxxxx-xxxxx-xxxxx represents your MAK product key.
What I'm unable to determine is:
1. Is this just a notification which I can ignore and press the Close button and I still have 57 days until I perform my first rearm to extend the activation another 60 days?
2. Do I have to configure KMS or update a product key to continue to use Windows Server 2008 during the "trial" period?
Thank you in advance for any guidance on this matter.