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

    Oct 8, 2012
    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

    May 17, 2011
    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).