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How to Activate Windows Server 2012 Essentials with a KMS Host

How to Activate Windows Server 2012 Essentials with a KMS Host

If you have installed Windows Server 2012 Essentials or the Windows Server Essentials Experience role on your server, you may need to activate it with a product key from a Key Management Services (KMS) host. A KMS host is a server that provides activation services for volume-licensed editions of Windows Server and Windows client. To activate your Windows Server 2012 Essentials edition with a KMS host, you need to follow these steps:

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  • Find the Generic Volume License Key (GVLK) for your edition of Windows Server 2012 Essentials. A GVLK is a specific product key that is used by KMS clients to activate against a KMS host. You can find the GVLKs for different editions of Windows Server 2012 in this article: Key Management Services (KMS) client activation and product keys. For Windows Server 2012 Essentials, the GVLK is WVDHN-86M7X-466P6-VHXV7-YY726.

  • Open an administrative command prompt on your server and run the following command to install the GVLK: slmgr /ipk WVDHN-86M7X-466P6-VHXV7-YY726. Press Enter to confirm.

  • Run the following command to activate your server with the KMS host: slmgr /ato. Press Enter to confirm.

  • Check the activation status of your server by running the following command: slmgr /dlv. Press Enter to view the output. You should see a message that says "License Status: Licensed" if the activation was successful.

Congratulations! You have activated your Windows Server 2012 Essentials edition with a KMS host. If you encounter any issues or errors during the process, you can refer to this article for troubleshooting tips: Activate using Key Management Service.

Why Choose Windows Server 2012 Essentials?

Windows Server 2012 Essentials is a flexible, affordable, and easy-to-use server solution designed and priced for small businesses. It offers many benefits for small businesses, such as:

  • Data protection. Windows Server 2012 Essentials helps you protect your business data by backing up your server and client computers, and by integrating with cloud-based backup services. You can also use Storage Spaces to create resilient storage pools using commodity disk drives.

  • Anywhere access. Windows Server 2012 Essentials enables you to access your files and applications from virtually anywhere using any device. You can use Remote Web Access to connect to your server through a web browser, or use VPN to access your network resources securely.

  • Core infrastructure improvements. Windows Server 2012 Essentials leverages the power and reliability of Windows Server 2012 R2, the latest version of Microsoft's server operating system. You can benefit from features such as Hyper-V for virtualization, PowerShell for automation, and Active Directory for identity and access management.

  • Email integration. Windows Server 2012 Essentials makes it easy to integrate with cloud-based email services such as Microsoft 365 or other third-party providers. You can also use the built-in email server role to host your own email domain on your server.

How to Install and Configure Windows Server 2012 Essentials?

To install and configure Windows Server 2012 Essentials, you need to follow these steps:

  • Prepare your hardware and network. Make sure you have a compatible server hardware that meets the minimum system requirements for Windows Server 2012 Essentials. You also need to have a network router that supports UPnP or port forwarding, and a registered domain name for your server.

  • Download and install Windows Server 2012 Essentials. You can download the ISO file from the Microsoft Evaluation Center and burn it to a DVD or USB drive. Then, boot your server from the installation media and follow the setup wizard to install Windows Server 2012 Essentials on your server.

  • Configure your server settings. After the installation is complete, you will be prompted to configure some basic settings for your server, such as server name, administrator password, network settings, domain name, updates, and user accounts.

  • Connect your client computers and devices. You can use the Connect website to join your client computers and devices to your server domain. This will enable you to backup your client data, access your server resources, and manage your devices from the server dashboard.

For more detailed instructions on how to install and configure Windows Server 2012 Essentials, you can refer to this article: Install and Configure Windows Server Essentials or Windows Server Essentials Experience. e0e6b7cb5c


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