Mar 26 2019 11:21 AM
Mar 26 2019 11:21 AM
I have a server that I am trying to install Server 2019 Standard. The Volume Licensing activation key is not working. The product was downloaded from the Volume Licensing portal along with the license key. The activation pane shows a product ID, and on the product key space the last (5) digits are already populated. The server had a previous Server 2016 evaluation running on it before it was reformatted before attempting to install Server 2019.
Mar 26 2019 01:58 PMSolution
Might also try;
slmgr /ipk #####-#####-#####-#####-#####
Mar 26 2019 02:48 PM
@Dave Patrick Thanks. I tried it and got the following errors: 0xC004F050 The Software licensing service reported the product key is invalid.
Mar 26 2019 03:00 PM
@Dave Patrick Thank you, Dave. Tried that as well and got, "Can't activate Windows by phone."
Mar 26 2019 03:03 PM - edited Mar 26 2019 03:03 PM
I think you'll need to call or email the volume licensing center
Apr 26 2019 07:32 AM - edited Apr 26 2019 07:34 AM
Open Command Prompt
c:\windows\system32\slmgr.vbs /ipk PRODUCT_KEY
Sample: c:\windows\system32\slmgr.vbs /ipk 12345-12345-12345-12345-12345
May 09 2019 01:04 AM
Find available target editions
DISM.exe /Online /Get-TargetEditions
Change your target edition
DISM /online /Set-Edition:ServerStandard /ProductKey:XXXXX-XXXXX-XXXXX-XXXXX-XXXXX /AcceptEula
Works on MS Server 2019 Trial 05/09/2019
Jul 10 2019 06:35 AM
We had a similar issue as the OP and tried these commands among others. However, they appear not to work on the Server 2019 Standard Evaluation edition if you have a VLSC MAK key. Googling around indicates that you need a retail key for the commands to work.
The question for me is how to extract a retail key from a VLSC MAK key. Is that even possible at all?
Jul 10 2019 07:43 AM
Aug 30 2019 03:46 AM
I got this error with MAK keys and media from VLSC with 2019 Standard installed from usb stick.
Same MAK key and media from our MDT server don't give any errors...
But it's only Standard version, others version from same media dosen't give errors.
Sep 26 2019 12:09 AM - edited Sep 26 2019 12:09 AM
It did not work for me for the Version Win SRV 2019 STD Core
but I called MS and they told me to use this
Run CMD as Administrator
slmgr.vbs -ipk YOUR PRODUCT KEY.
this one helped and windows was activated
Sep 26 2019 05:42 AM
Thanks for posting. This little jewel worked like a charm
Oct 01 2019 12:46 PM - edited Oct 01 2019 12:47 PM
This should be at the top. Worked immediately without fail after trying all of the above suggestions and usual advice.
Oct 04 2019 02:26 PM
Worked.I wonder why the license manager tool worked within command prompt, but doesn't in Settings-> Activation?