Activating Windows Server(R), ServerStandardCore edition (xxx-xxx-xxx-xxx-xxxxx) ...That error has been encountered before.
Run 'slui.exe 0x2a 0x8007232B' to display the error text.
The error was encountered when we went to activate our Open Licensing version of Windows Vista: Windows Vista - Activation Error: Code 0x8007232b DNS Name does not exist.
Server Core: Error 0x8007232B
In the case of Windows Vista, it was because we installed Vista without a product key.
Well, when installing Server Core, no product key was requested and we are not using the unattend file to install yet.
So, the challenge now becomes, how do we get that key in there and activate the product?
The command we ran to attempt the activation was:
slmgr.vbs -atoA little searching was required in order to find the right command line commands.
We found them on Sander Berkouwer's blog "The things that are better left unspoken" Activating Server Core.
The commands are as follows:
- start /w slmgr.vbs -ipk ABCDE-FGHIJ-KLMNO-PQRST-UVWXY
- Format of the product key should be exact
This process will also switch the Activation process from KMS to MAK which is the preferential activation method for us.
Product activated successfully.
We were now able to go on and discover how to install and setup Hyper-V, configure the built-in firewall for remote management and Hyper-V management, and all sorts of fun stuff that we need to discover at the command line! ;)
The Server Core command line sure is both refreshing and challenging at the same time.
It brings back memories of the challenges of doing things like setting up the AutoExec.bat file for memory management to squeeze the most conventional memory we could (my personal record was 614KB) to get those games up and running.
Other very exciting and fun stuff in the DOS command line were things like getting the TCP/IP networking configuration to actually work and prepping a system for a Windows 3.xx install! :D
Resources for Server Core are out there, but are still rather spotty due to the newness of the OS.
We have one book on the subject so far, which is in the process of being read and evaluated.
Here are some resources on Server Core:
- Server Core Team Blog
- Server Core on TechNet
- Server Core on MSDN
- Server Core video by Keith Combs
- Sander Berkouwer blog: The things that are better left unspoken
And, it is looking like the same VMs that ran on W2K3 R2 hosting Virtual Server 2005 R2 SP1 are a lot faster on similar equipment in Hyper-V installed on Server Core. Having the option to specify the number of cores per VM is a pretty neat feature and can be very handy for things like hosting server OSs.
More to come and thanks for reading! :)
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