Activate the virtual machine


  • Activate the virtual machine

    I know that 2012 can be a self-activation technology, activate the virtual machine hyperv inside,

    Host 2012R2 Add hyperV role
    2008 r2 installed operating system,
    Is there any way I can be free to activate the system virtual machine do? ? ?
    In addition, I have heard, 2012R2 can activate three free virtual machine, but I currently do not know what to do.

    Host Installation: 2012R2 add hyperV Role Genuine serial numbers have been used to activate over;
    hyperV: mounting system is 2008R2 systems;

    The question is: how to activate inside 2008R2 system? ?

    • Edited by 中子112 Tuesday, August 5, 2014 9:53 AM
    Tuesday, August 5, 2014 9:20 AM


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  • Hi 中子112,

    If you installed Windows Server 2012 R2 Datacenter, Datacenter enables an unlimited number of VMs on the licensed host server.

    And there is a new function is AVMA on server 2012 r2, AVMA lets you install virtual machines on a properly activated Windows server without having to manage product keys for each individual virtual machine, even in disconnected environments.

    To activate VMs with AVMA, please follow these articles:

    Automatic Virtual Machine Activation

    Windows Server 2012 R2 Hyper-V Automatic Virtual Machine Activation

    To get more detailed information about hyper-v license issue, please check this article:

    Windows Server 2012 Virtualisation Licensing Scenarios

    If you have any other questions, please feel free to let me know.

    Best Regards,

    Anna Wang

    Wednesday, August 6, 2014 6:27 AM
  • In the hyper, virtual machine I installed 2008r2
    You gave me the article just install the system 2012 for hyperV virtual on, I just want to host for the 2012 system which,

    activate the hyper my 2008R2 virtual machine system, what does it work? ? Can you tell me a detailed way?
    Wednesday, August 6, 2014 7:30 AM
  • Hi 中子112,

    Since the version of VM is Windows Server 2008 R2, in this case, we can not use AVMA to activate which needs the guest virtual machine operating system must be Windows Server 2012 R2.

    Activating a VM is the same as activating a physical machine, when the VM asks to be activated, you would use the same product key as you used to activate your physical host.

    Refer to:

    Hyper-V and vm activation:

    To select the activation methods and activate windows server, please follow this article:

    Plan for Volume Activation:

    Best Regards,

    Anna Wang

    Wednesday, August 6, 2014 7:51 AM
  • Then we count the cost: 

    Physical host platform are 2012R2 systems, 
    (A) If the system is installed hyperV 2012, you can use AVMA key to activate the virtual machine, the cost is just the cost of the physical host and systems, at no extra cost; 
    (2) If hyperV 2008R2 system is installed, then I use MAK activation, my MAK corresponding less. The equivalent of my expenses increased. 

    Now we compare 
    In both cases, the second case, 2008R2 virtual machine installed, the cost of another operator, thus increasing the cost than the first case, this rationale think? ? ?
    Thursday, August 7, 2014 6:24 AM
  • Hi 中子112,

    Since I'm not a license expert, for the License issue, I would like to recommend you can call the licensing team directly at 1-800-426-9400 (select option 4), Monday through Friday, 6:00 A.M. to 5:30 P.M. (PST) to speak directly to a Microsoft licensing specialist.

    You can also find contact information in their locations from here:

    Worldwide customers can use the Guide to Worldwide Microsoft Licensing Sites

    Thanks for your understanding.

    Wednesday, August 13, 2014 3:48 AM