Activation of 2012R2DC VMs on Azure Stack HCI

Brian Koch 20 Reputation points
2023-07-25T14:34:10.0866667+00:00

Moving VMs from 2012R2 DC Failover cluster to new Azure Stack HCI failover cluster. The VMs once moved over shows Windows is not activated. I've gone to the AVMA page and entered the key on the VM, it says the code is applied, but the VM still says windows is not activated.

Windows Server
Windows Server
A family of Microsoft server operating systems that support enterprise-level management, data storage, applications, and communications.
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  1. Dave Patrick 426.1K Reputation points MVP
    2023-07-26T15:31:35.45+00:00

    Ok, so you may have some additional steps to complete since it is Azure Stack HCI.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wdvtZt3-UQ0

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  1. Dave Patrick 426.1K Reputation points MVP
    2023-07-25T17:39:00.7466667+00:00

    AVMA keys would not work here. VMs should be using KMS activation.

    https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/updates/new-kms-dns-in-azure-global-cloud/

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  2. Dave Patrick 426.1K Reputation points MVP
    2023-07-26T20:16:40.73+00:00

    SO I think i didn't answer the question from before: the hosts and VMs are all 2012R2 DC.

    Ok, well two things about this

    1. AVMA will not activate a guest operating system higher than what the host operating system is.
    2. The guests can be either DataCenter or Standard, no problem.