Activation of Windows server 2019 Evaluation on vmware with Volume licence key

Alain Coulibaly 26 Reputation points
2021-02-28T08:03:04.923+00:00

I have a volume license activation key(MAK) for Win Server 2019 Standard. I installed Windows server 2019 StandardEval on 3 virtual machines which they are on the VMWare Vsphere 6 Essential hypervisor. But it is impossible for me to activate the 3 OS with the key I have (VLSC). Error message: "The product key you entered does not work. Please check it, then try again or enter a new one. (0xc004f050)" So is it possible to activate VMware VM running win serv 2019 with volume key? If not how to manage? Thank you for supporting me because my servers are unusable.

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  1. Dave Patrick 426K Reputation points MVP
    2021-02-28T13:32:29.02+00:00

    You should be using volume media that can be downloaded from the volume center site.

    As a work around , mght also try using a kms key as intermediary step.
    Dism /online /Set-Edition:ServerStandard /ProductKey:N69G4-B89J2-4G8F4-WWYCC-J464C /AcceptEula
    https://learn.microsoft.com/en-us/windows-server/get-started/kmsclientkeys#windows-server-ltscltsb-versions

    then if successful use your own product key below after reboot
    slmgr /ipk xxxxx-xxxxx-xxxxx-xxxxx-xxxxx
    slmgr /ato

    --please don't forget to Accept as answer if the reply is helpful--

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