Hyper-V: Automatic Virtual Machine Activation (AVMA)

Hyper-V: Automatic Virtual Machine Activation (AVMA)

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One very cool feature that is there since the release of Windows Server 2012 R2, which I have seen so far but very rarely used by customers

Automatic Virtual Machine Activation – AVMA

I hope you all know the activation methods KMS und MAK…
But now what if i run Hyper-V hosts and run VMs operating in fully independent subnets, domains, etc.? In these areas, my KMS does not work and i also usually do not have access to the VMs, so that i could enter any MAK key.

Thats when you should use AVMA. The only Thing you need is a Hyper-V host running an activated version of Windows Server 2012 R2 Datacenter.

VMs on this host running Windows Server 2012 R2 Datacenter, Windows Server 2012 R2 Standard or Windows Server 2012 R2 Essentials, will now be equipped with one of the following keys:

  • Datacenter – Y4TGP-NPTV9-HTC2H-7MGQ3-DV4TW
  • Standard – DBGBW-NPF86-BJVTX-K3WKJ-MTB6V
  • Essentials – K2XGM-NMBT3-2R6Q8-WF2FK-P36R2

The key can be integrated into your templates or provided by unattend.xml. Alternatively the customer can enter the key itself.

That’s it … now my VMs are activated by the activated Hyper-V host. I need no connection to KMS, no admin rights, etc …

IMPORTANT: This form of activation only works for Windows Server 2012 R2 !!!

About the author:

Ich bin Eric Berg und bin Principal IT-Architekt im Bereich Microsoft Modern Workplace and Datacenter un Microsoft P-TSP für Azure und Modern Desktop. Seit 2015 bin ich Cloud and Datacenter Management MVP. Ich bin Organisator des Azure Thüringen Meetups und Sprecher auf Events wie der ExpertsLive Europe, CDC Germany und Microsoft Ignite. Alle Gedanken, Meinungen und Ideen auf dieser Website sind von mir und spiegeln nicht die Haltung meines Arbeitgebers oder von Microsoft wieder.

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