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How to activate Azure VM Windows RRS feed

  • Question

  • Hi,

    Today I signed up Azure Free Trial.

    I created a Virtual Machine of Windows Server 2016 Datacenter.

    I connected it by RDP. After sign in, it says, Activate Windows.

    While creating the VM, I selected,

    Already have a Windows license? No


    Please let me know, what I need to do?

    Regards

    InTechSys


    InTechSys

    Friday, May 24, 2019 8:05 PM

Answers

  • If you select "Yes" to hybrid benefit it means you want to provide your own license. If you don't have a license, and you want Azure to provide it for you, then you will need to delete the VM, create a new one and ensure you select "No" for Hybrid benefit. 
    • Marked as answer by InTechSys Saturday, May 25, 2019 6:21 PM
    Saturday, May 25, 2019 5:04 PM
    Moderator

All replies

  • It should activate shortly if not immediately.We also have a doc for troubleshooting this

    https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/virtual-machines/troubleshooting/troubleshoot-activation-problems

    Friday, May 24, 2019 8:28 PM
    Moderator
  • Previously I created Windows Server VM on Azure portal multiple times but I never seen such issue.

    I noticed some changes. I would like to share with you.

    After creating a VM, I have seen a notification on portal for enabling Azure Hybrid benefit and I enabled it as follow.

    And when I connected the VM using RDP, I have seen in my computer.

    I clicked Yes. Previously I didn't notice both activities.

    Please let me know, is it related to Windows activation issue and

    What does both changes say and why they're for?

    Regards

    InTechSys


    InTechSys

    Friday, May 24, 2019 8:57 PM
  • If you selected Yes to the Hybrid benefit that means we do not provide you a license and you need to provide one. 

    The network portion usually shows up on new VMs. I see it every time I deploy a VM. 

    Friday, May 24, 2019 9:00 PM
    Moderator
  • As you said, If you selected Yes to the Hybrid benefit that means we do not provide you a license and you need to provide one.

    I selected Yes, do it mean Azure will not provide a license and I need to provide?

    If yes, what I need to do? Should I try commands mentioned in the link

    https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/virtual-machines/troubleshooting/troubleshoot-activation-problems

    or I need to delete VM and re-create another VM without Hybrid benefit

    or what?


    InTechSys

    Saturday, May 25, 2019 9:06 AM
  • Windows Server 2016 Datacentre is still inactive and says, Activate Windows.

    I tried commands as follows:

    Regards

    InTechSys


    InTechSys

    Saturday, May 25, 2019 9:28 AM
  • If you select "Yes" to hybrid benefit it means you want to provide your own license. If you don't have a license, and you want Azure to provide it for you, then you will need to delete the VM, create a new one and ensure you select "No" for Hybrid benefit. 
    • Marked as answer by InTechSys Saturday, May 25, 2019 6:21 PM
    Saturday, May 25, 2019 5:04 PM
    Moderator
  • Hi 

    I know its an old post, but i need help, so i created a VM and selected yes to azure hybrid benefit.

    After creation, i RDP in it, thought i will see activate windows, but there was nothing, went to settings, under activation tried putting in my product key but it gives an error, am i doing something wrong?

    Wednesday, August 14, 2019 12:25 PM