Windows 2012 Storage Server/Core & MediaSmart Server

Discussion in 'Windows Server' started by rkm, Mar 8, 2013.

  1. rkm

    rkm MDL Novice

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    I wanted to test the 2012 Storage Server edition to see if it would be a very streamlined, optimized replacement for Windows Home Server (WHS).

    Once I installed it, I realized I could not activate using KMS options.

    I spent about 3 hours searching the forums and reading everything I could find on KMS, Deltas, etc. Deltas didn't work for me, and I thought the SLIC options did not work for 2012, so I initially ignored that option.

    Eventually I learned that the Dax SLIC option works great for this solution.

    I was successfully able to patch the BIOS and install the OEM key (Dell/Dell + Storage Server Standard) for a MediaSmart Server EX485.

    I thought I'd post my experiences to save others from spending the same amount of time searching. If you're interested in installing a CORE version of Windows 2012 Server (Essentials, Storage Server, etc) -- anything that cannot be activated by a KMS server, and you're running a MediaSmart server box, the current Daz loader appears to work great.

    Good luck with your WHS upgrades!
     
  2. msr

    msr MDL Senior Member

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    As someone who is new to essentials, is it worth upgrading from other ms os to use this as a server.

    Do the media functions work well on it?
     
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