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eval server 2012 datacenter Product Key

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  • Help Please....

    I've tried UNSUCCESSFULLY installing every eval copy of Server 2012 because ea version requires a Product Key...of which I can't seem to locate.  Does anyone have a workable product key for any Server 2012 version?

    Thanks

    Wednesday, November 14, 2012 5:49 AM

Answers

  • Hi,

    Thanks for posting in Microsoft TechNet forums.

    The Windows Server 2012 Standard and Windows Server 2012 Datacenter evaluation editions come with the activation key pre-installed. 

    For detail information, we can check the link below:

    Evaluation Versions and Upgrade Options for Windows Server 2012

    http://technet.microsoft.com/library/jj574204.aspx

    Have a nice day.

    Regards

    Kevin
    Thursday, November 15, 2012 4:16 AM
  • Hi,

    Thank you for clarifying the issue for us.

    There can actually be some compatible issue between Windows Server 2012 Evaluation and VMware.

    We can see others having the same problem:

    (Win2012 not installing on VMware Workstation 9

    http://social.technet.microsoft.com/Forums/en-US/winserver8setup/thread/31a3df11-6ee4-47e2-a03b-fc410f5a5411) 

    In this situation, I suggest we use Hyper-V or try some other third-party virtual machine.

    Have a nice day.

    Regards

    Kevin
    Monday, November 19, 2012 2:33 AM

All replies

  • Hi,

    Thanks for posting in Microsoft TechNet forums.

    The Windows Server 2012 Standard and Windows Server 2012 Datacenter evaluation editions come with the activation key pre-installed. 

    For detail information, we can check the link below:

    Evaluation Versions and Upgrade Options for Windows Server 2012

    http://technet.microsoft.com/library/jj574204.aspx

    Have a nice day.

    Regards

    Kevin
    Thursday, November 15, 2012 4:16 AM
  • Kevin, first "Thanks for responding".  Now let me say that I've tried both Standard & Datacenter versions.  In ea instance I was asked to input a product code, of course I didn't have one so I continued w/ the install.  At some point further in the install things stopped due to my not having provided a valid product code / key.

    Could it be that the trial versions ARE NOT workable w/ any VMWare players ?  Which is exactly what I am trying to do, i.e., create a Server 2012 virtual machine.  Do you know if this is allowed?  Maybe that's the difference, which I don't understand why.  To me the OS either contains a pre-activated key or not...regardless of being a VM. 

     
    Sunday, November 18, 2012 4:13 PM
  • Hi,

    Thank you for clarifying the issue for us.

    There can actually be some compatible issue between Windows Server 2012 Evaluation and VMware.

    We can see others having the same problem:

    (Win2012 not installing on VMware Workstation 9

    http://social.technet.microsoft.com/Forums/en-US/winserver8setup/thread/31a3df11-6ee4-47e2-a03b-fc410f5a5411) 

    In this situation, I suggest we use Hyper-V or try some other third-party virtual machine.

    Have a nice day.

    Regards

    Kevin
    Monday, November 19, 2012 2:33 AM