Windows Server 2008 Server Core Activation

Since there is no graphical interface to enter the product key or activate a copy of the Windows Server 2008 Server Core, there are two simple commands to get the job done.

  1. Logon to the server core console
  2. Enter the product key:  cscript C:\windows\system32\slmgr.vbs -ipk PRODUCT-KEY-HERE
  3. Activate:  cscript C:\windows\system32\slmgr.vbs -ato

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