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How to activate Windows Server 2008 R2 Standard 32 bit with a KMS client product key

How to activate Windows Server 2008 R2 Standard 32 bit with a KMS client product key

If you have a volume licensing edition of Windows Server 2008 R2 Standard 32 bit and you want to activate it with a Key Management Services (KMS) host on your local network, you need to install a specific product key on your server. This key is called a Generic Volume License Key (GVLK) or a KMS client key. By default, Windows Server 2008 R2 Standard 32 bit is already a KMS client, but there are some scenarios where you may need to add the GVLK manually, such as:

  • Converting a computer from using a Multiple Activation Key (MAK)

  • Converting a retail license of Windows to a KMS client

  • If the computer was previously a KMS host

To install a KMS client product key on your Windows Server 2008 R2 Standard 32 bit, follow these steps:

Windows server 2008 r2 standard 32 bit product key


  • Open an administrative command prompt on the server.

  • Run the following command and then press Enter: slmgr /ipk

  • Replace with the GVLK for Windows Server 2008 R2 Standard 32 bit, which is D2N9P-3P6X9-2R39C-7RTCD-MDVJX[^1^] [^2^]. For example, run this command: slmgr /ipk D2N9P-3P6X9-2R39C-7RTCD-MDVJX

  • Wait for the confirmation message that the product key has been installed.

  • Close the command prompt.

Now your Windows Server 2008 R2 Standard 32 bit is ready to activate with a KMS host on your local network. To verify the activation status, run this command: slmgr /dlv. You should see "License Status: Licensed" if the activation was successful.

If you don't have a KMS host available on your local network, you will need to use another method of activating Windows, such as using a MAK, or purchasing a retail license. You can also learn how to create a KMS host if you want to set up one for your organization.

For more information about KMS client activation and product keys for Windows Server and Windows, please visit this article[^1^].

What is KMS?

KMS stands for Key Management Services, which is a feature of Windows Server that allows you to activate multiple computers with a single product key. KMS uses a client-server model, where the KMS host is the server that holds the product key and the KMS clients are the computers that need to be activated. KMS is useful for volume activation, which means activating many computers at once, such as in an enterprise or educational environment.

How does KMS work?

KMS works by counting the number of computers that request activation from the KMS host. The KMS host keeps track of the most recent connections and only counts unique computers from the past 30 days. When a computer contacts the KMS host, it sends its machine ID and receives the current count value in return. If the count value is equal to or higher than the activation threshold, which is 25 for clients and 5 for servers, the computer will activate. Otherwise, it will try again later until the threshold is met.

KMS activations are valid for 180 days, after which they need to be renewed by contacting the KMS host again. By default, KMS clients attempt to renew their activation every 7 days. If a KMS client fails to renew its activation within 30 days after expiration, it will enter a reduced functionality mode until it can contact the KMS host.

What are the benefits of using KMS?

Some of the benefits of using KMS are:

  • You can activate many computers with a single product key, without having to contact Microsoft for each activation.

  • You can manage your activations centrally and monitor their status using tools such as Volume Activation Management Tool (VAMT) or slmgr.vbs command.

  • You can use KMS to activate both physical and virtual computers, as well as different editions of Windows Server and Windows client.

  • You can use KMS to activate Microsoft Office products that support volume activation.



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