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This blog has been created to share technical information, interesting innovations that I notice on daily basis and Architectural/Consulting overview of various technologies. My areas of interest, on which I would be blogging, are VMware, Microsoft and Citrix Technologies. I hope you will enjoy this blog and share your experience with me.

How to activate Windows Server 2008 R2 Enterprise without Internet Connection

Recently, I faced a situation in which I had to activate Windows Server 2008 R2 Enterprise which didn’t have internet connection. In the earlier days of Windows 2003 there was a Phone Activation option within the wizard. However, in the current edition Windows 2008 onwards the option doesn’t exist.

I am going to show you the steps involved in quickly activated Windows Server 2008 onwards over the Phone using the following command line parameters:

  • Start –> Run –> Command Prompt right click and “Run as a administrator”
  • Type the following command to retrieve the Product Installation id slmgr.vbs /dti (A pop-up windows will appear with a long string of digits)
  • Call the Microsoft activation centers as per your locations from this Microsoft Activation Centers link
    • I used the India number 1800 11 11 00 or 1800 102 1100
  • Provide the Installation ID to the customer care representative and they will provide a Confirmation Number (A long sting of numbers)
  • Type slmgr.vbs /atp <confirmation number> (without <>) at the command prompt and you will receive a pop-up that your Windows have been activated successfully
  • To confirm your activation type the following command slmgr.vbs /dli

Go to your Server Manager and you will be able to see the Windows Server 2008 R2 activated Smile.

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Aresh
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