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Is there a way to activate a group of Windows 2008 R2 Servers without logging into each one and typing the key?

This will be the same key for all the servers and they are all on Active Directory (So Maybe AD or Group Policy?).

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up vote 4 down vote accepted

You might want to take a look to

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Specifically, slmgr.vbs –ipk 00000-00000-00000-00000-00000 to enter a key (if not included in install) and slmgr.vbs -ato to activate. – jscott Aug 16 '10 at 12:30

While Radius & JScott's answer is the most appropriate for smaller environments; larger deployments should look into Microsoft's Key Management Service for fully automated key/activation and license tracking. It does require volume licenses.

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