Windows Server 2012 R2 Datacenter on bare metal ESXi RRS feed

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  • Hi there,

    I am venturing into the realm of AD with certificates, DNS, DHCP, DA, RAS and whatever else fun there is to be had here.
    My hardware is a server with ESXi directly installed on the bare metal.
    So in order to really explore this world I got a Server 2012 R2 Datacenter as it allows for unlimited virtual machines.

    Initially in the install I am asked for the activation code which I input and the installation continues.
    However if I ask for the machine properties it shows Windows not activated ???

    So if I click "Activate Windows" and input my key again I get the message: "This key didn't work, please check it and try again, or try a different key"

    I have the feeling it has to do with that I don't have a physical machine that the main license is running on, but I really don't know.

    Anyone have any ideas?


    Karsten Jeppesen

    Friday, March 24, 2017 7:48 AM