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Windows Datacenter 2022 Key won't activate on VMWare

Good afternoon all,

I am running ESXi 7.0.2 on my Servers as Hypervisor. I just purchased a license for Datacenter 2022, which should have unlimited VM activations, to upgrade all my servers. The first VM activated fine, but now when I try to activate a second VM, it is giving me an Error 1168, stating the license is already in use. Does it detect ESXi VMs as physical hosts? Any help would be appreciated.

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DSPatrick answered DSPatrick commented

Another option may be to try phone activation
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beyond this you may need to get in touch with the seller's trained microsoft licensing specialist.

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Just checking if there's any progress or updates?

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Thank you for reaching out, unfortunately no developments yet. I reached out to Microsoft, but since I don't have a support plan with them they said they can't help me, and to reach out to the vendor. So I am trying to figure out what's going on with the vendor right now.

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DSPatrick answered MiguelSanchez-7976 commented

Does it detect ESXi VMs as physical hosts

No, it would not. AVMA can only be used when the host runs Windows Server DataCenter. To activate a DataCenter guest just use the same host product key for activation.

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Like I said, I don't have a Windows Host, it is ESXi. I am running 2 Windows VMs right now, one took it and now the second one is giving me the error.

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DSPatrick answered MiguelSanchez-7976 edited

What operating system was installed? What installation media was used?


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So, the server came from Dell with vSpehere ESXi 7.0.2 installed on it already. I created the Virtual Machines inside ESXi using the Windows Server 2022 Eval x64 ISO.

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Then I activated using this:

DISM /Online /Set-Edition:ServerDatacenter /ProductKey:<KEY> /AcceptEula

slmgr /ipk <MY KEY>

slmgr /ato

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DSPatrick answered MiguelSanchez-7976 commented

Ok, when you use evaluation media you'll need to convert it. Assuming you are using a retail channel product key you can
Dism /online /Set-Edition:ServerDataCenter /ProductKey:xxxxx-xxxxx-xxxxx-xxxxx-xxxxx /AcceptEula

reboot

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DSPatrick answered MiguelSanchez-7976 commented

Not sure what this means. What channel is the product key? (OEM, retail, volume)


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Good morning, I apologize for the late response, my shift had ended. After running the slmgr /dli command, it is stating the my license is from the RETAIL channel.

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