I have a KMS host running Server 2008 R2 sp1. I have licenses and a KMS host key for Windows 8. I would like to use my existing server to activate these licenses. I've successfully applied the update referred to at this link and restarted the server:
However, I cannot add my Windows 8 KMS host key to Server 2008 R2. I get the following error:
Error: 0xC004F050 The Software Licensing Service reported that the product key is invalid.
From what I understand, I need a Server 2012 key instead, because for some reason Server operating systems will only accept Server keys. We do not have any Server 2012 licenses, and so I don't have access to the right key (talk about brain dead). In other words, I own a bunch of licenses that I can't activate.
I know I could use the MAK key, but we have public computers labs. Re-imaging (and therefore re-activating) these public machines is a frequent occurrence. We have a similar policy for our classrooms. I'd burn through my MAK activations in just a couple months if I went that route.
Is there a way around this problem? Do I need to purchase a Server 2012 license that I have no immediate plans to use, just to activate Windows 8? If I do, will that reset my activation count?