Azure - Windows Server 2008 R2 KMS Activation RRS feed

  • Question

  • Hi all,

    I'm currently deploying three WIN2008R2 VM's on Azure using the default Virtual Network (West Europe). During configuration I noticed that the machine wasn't activated and thus I tried to activate it using the following command Cscript.exe C:\windows\system32\slmgr.vbs /ato. However this resulted into the error that the KMS server could not be found, any advice ?

    C:\Users\ladmin>NSLOOKUP kms.core.windows.net
    Server:  UnKnown

    Non-authoritative answer:
    Name:    kms.core.windows.net

    C:\Users\ladmin>cscript.exe %windir%\system32\slmgr.vbs /ato
    Microsoft (R) Windows Script Host Version 5.8
    Copyright (C) Microsoft Corporation. All rights reserved.

    Activating Windows Server(R), ServerDatacenter edition (7482e61b-c589-4b7f-8ecc-
    46d455ac3b87) ...
    Error: 0xC004F074 The Software Licensing Service reported that the computer coul
    d not be activated. The Key Management Service (KMS) is unavailable

    This issue occurs on all three servers.


    Tuesday, December 23, 2014 12:20 PM


All replies

  • Hi,

    I suggest you to try the below command

    cscript c:\windows\system32\slmgr.vbs /ipk <AVMA_KEY>

    The AVMA_KEY depends on the edition, please refer to the below link


    Hope this helps !



    Tuesday, December 23, 2014 3:19 PM
  • Hi Maarten,

    Please refer to the following article.

    Troubleshooting Windows activation failures on Azure VMs


    • Marked as answer by Sowmya K R Monday, January 19, 2015 1:11 PM
    Tuesday, December 23, 2014 10:34 PM
  • Hi Sowmya, Craig,

    I followed both your actions the issue still isn't solved. the kms name is resolved and available using psping, during the activation the following is logged.

    PS C:\Users\adm_mdd\Desktop\PSTools> .\psping.exe kms.core.windows.net:1688

    PsPing v2.01 - PsPing - ping, latency, bandwidth measurement utility
    Copyright (C) 2012-2014 Mark Russinovich
    Sysinternals - www.sysinternals.com

    TCP connect to
    5 iterations (warmup 1) connecting test:
    Connecting to (warmup): 112.51ms
    Connecting to 112.40ms
    Connecting to 111.81ms
    Connecting to 113.11ms
    Connecting to 116.32ms

    TCP connect statistics for
      Sent = 4, Received = 4, Lost = 0 (0% loss),
      Minimum = 111.81ms, Maximum = 116.32ms, Average = 113.41ms

    1..12 | % { iex "$env:windir\system32\cscript.exe $env:windir\system32\slmgr.vbs /ato" ; start-sleep 5 }

    Activating Windows Server(R), ServerDatacenter edition (7482e61b-c589-4b7f-8ecc-46d455ac3b87) ...
    Error: 0xC004F074 The Software Licensing Service reported that the computer could not be activated.
    (KMS) is unavailable

    EventVwr - The client has sent an activation request to the key management service machine.

    0xC002001C, 0x00000000, kms.core.windows.net:1688, fd123d55-cee0-4089-8f31-6f35e6740c88, 2014/12/24 10:12, 1, 2, 41340, 7482e61b-c589-4b7f-8ecc-46d455ac3b87, 5

    Wednesday, December 24, 2014 10:17 AM