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Windows Server 2019 Database activition

Hi,

I was hopping someone can help me. I have set up a lab not connected to the domain of the organisation I work for (Windows server 2019). I have been given a product key to activate windows server database addition, this is a volume licence. I cannot get this to work. Does my lab need to be connected to the company domain the licence to activate?

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Just wondering should the ISO image for a volume product key come from the VLSC?

Yes, ideally that is correct. Assuming you used evaluation media then as a work around , might also try using a kms key as intermediary step.

 Dism /online /Set-Edition:ServerStandard /ProductKey:N69G4-B89J2-4G8F4-WWYCC-J464C /AcceptEula

https://docs.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

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So this is already Datacentre addition. will the /Set-Edition:ServerStandard switch work? can you downgrade?

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No, it is not possible to downgrade the edition. You'll need to clean install it but choose Standard option at setup.

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this is sorted now thanks,
I did not have the evaluation media so did not use the DISM, but the slmgr commands worked a dream

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DSPatrick answered James-1133 commented

What product are you activating? What installation media was used?


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Hi Patrick,
I am activating Windows server 2019 Datacentre and I installed it via a USB using the Rufus tool.

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What problem are you having?


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Just checking if there's any progress or updates?



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there might be i am verifying the actually product key is correct. I will let you know how i get on

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