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Q: What keys should I use in my Windows Server 2012 R2 virtual machines (VMs) to use Automatic Virtual Machine Activation (AVMA)?
A: Windows Server 2012 R2 introduces a new feature, AVMA, which allows VMs running Windows Server 2012 R2 to automatically activate, provided the Hyper-V host they’re running on is Windows Server 2012 R2 Datacenter and is itself activated. To tell the VM to use AVMA, you need to give the VM a specific key (this acts very similar to the keys used to tell machines to use Key Management Service–KMS).
The keys to use for Windows Server 2012 R2 can be found at the Microsoft site and are shown below:[external_link offset=2]
- Server Standard – DBGBW-NPF86-BJVTX-K3WKJ-MTB6V
- Server Datacenter – Y4TGP-NPTV9-HTC2H-7MGQ3-DV4TW
- Server Essentials – K2XGM-NMBT3-2R6Q8-WF2FK-P36R2