What happens if I never activate server 2012r2?

Discussion in 'Windows Server' started by charlieny100, Feb 7, 2017.

  1. charlieny100

    charlieny100 MDL Novice

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    I'm building a virtual 2012r2 server to be a backup in the event our main server crashes. The vm is currently running with the MSDN key and shows as unactivated. What happens if I never activate it? Other than a nag will functions stop working? I'll activate it if I need to use it but hate to waste a key at this time.
     
  2. WinDev

    WinDev MDL Expert

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    I don't know, probably after 30 days some functions will stop working. So it's recommended to activate Windows Server 2012 R2 with Windows Loader or Microsoft Toolkit.
     
  3. LostED

    LostED SVF Patch Lover

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  4. vivek.krishnan

    vivek.krishnan MDL Novice

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    We are using the same as VMs - no issues - all are not activated. Our base OS is standard and licensed.