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I've found that Windows KMS clients (2012R2 specifically but may be others) try to talk to MS servers during activation. My understanding was that this should be entirely local.

slmgr /ipk GGWHX-.....-.....-.....-DJ6PQ slmgr /skms 10.10.10.10:1688 slmgr /ato

Our servers have very limited access outside our network I've found that the above produces a 0x80072ee2 error unless a proxy server is specified. This has caught me out as I often configure the proxy settings soon after building servers. On this particular server, it is not allowed to have a proxy configured.

Any ideas how to get 2012R2 to activate against an internal KMS server without access to MS via the Internet?

Thanks

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The key you've started to list there does not appear to be a KMS client key. You should not install a key on the client if it is going to be KMS activated. The OS image from Microsoft ships with the client KMS key pre-installed - it is the same for every computer of that OS on the planet.

If you've already changed some clients from the default, you can change them back using the keys here: https://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/jj612867(v=ws.11).aspx

For reference, the KMS client key for 2012 R2 Datacenter is W3GGN-FT8W3-Y4M27-J84CP-Q3VJ9 And the Standard edition key is: D2N9P-3P6X9-2R39C-7RTCD-MDVJX

  • Un-believable.... Yep, that seems to have done it. – user1174838 Oct 30 '16 at 23:23

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