If Windows server 2012 says it's activated - is it activated?

Discussion in 'Windows Server' started by useraaa, Oct 12, 2012.

  1. useraaa

    useraaa MDL Novice

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    Sorry for the stupid post, but I recently installed server 2012 into a vm machine without a key. Software said it was not activated, ran windows update and just checked it - it is now showing as activated. Does this have anything to do with the 180 day trial?
     
  2. 100

    100 MDL Expert

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    When not using any "activator" tools, of course it's activated if it says so.
    You probably have a KMS host on your network, and the VL versions (which don't require a key) will automatically attempt to activate with a local KMS if they can find one (e.g. through DNS).