Windows Server 2008 - Activation fails DNS name does not exist

by Cliff 18. May 2008

I ran into an issue when trying to activate an Enterprise edition of Windows Server 2008.  I had installed the software from my MSDN account and when I tried to activate the software, I received a "DNS name does not exist" error.  To fix this problem, I had to re-enter the product key for the software.  After entering the product key (I just entered the key that was already entered from the install) I was then able to activate the software.

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August 18. 2008 15:25

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This is actually because of the KMS activation software. The new version of Activation stuff requires KMS, which causes problems. I did a writeup at www.vistaactivation.info about it, and it would be great if you could take a look at it.

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August 31. 2008 16:05

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Cliff
Thanks for the post, I had fun games with this error when nearing to my presentation for this VM and your tip solves.

Satya SKJ gb

February 12. 2009 22:18

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Worked a treat for me.

Evan au

May 7. 2009 03:29

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This works 100% when trying to activate server2008

Freds za

July 18. 2009 15:03

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Same issue, MSDN key not activating properly. Top tip, re-entering product key, worked perfectly.

Many thanks.

Liam

Liam Westley gb

July 19. 2009 15:16

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indeed it works well!

David us

March 10. 2010 02:54

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Thanks for update it will help us lot

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March 10. 2010 09:04

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