Every once in a while I like to pass along a helpful tip from another website or blog that helped me. Today, I want to thank György Balássy for his blog posts (post 1, and post 2) last year that helped me with a goofy error, and maybe they can help you too. I’ll just summarize the problem and results below.
I build a lot of lab servers and VMs for testing various things (including on my laptop or in my home lab, etc.), and I commonly install new Windows servers or workstations from the MSDN media ISO, using what is effectively a volume license. Usually, I enter the key early in the build, it is accepted without error, and the install continues.
However, occasionally after the installation completion, the Windows Server 2012 or Windows 8 machine reports an activation error:
Activation Error: Code 0x8007232b DNS Name does not exist
And back when this first happened to me, it took a little bit of searching before I stumbled on György’s post. But I’ve referred back to it a handful of times as this frustrating symptom seems to re-appear at random. In a nutshell, he explains in his two posts that in order to fix this annoying error, you can do it with either the command prompt or GUI, as follows:
slmgr.vbs –ipk "XXXXX-XXXXX-XXXXX-XXXXX-XXXXX"
And it has worked perfectly for me every time.
Now, mind you, I did mention this problem was intermittent. And the main reason I’m writing this post today after all this time is that it just happened to me again 3 days ago when I was in a hurry. And today, when I had time to try and reproduce the error for a screen capture for this post, of course the key registration worked just fine and I cannot make it fail. Argh. So please take my word for it.
So thanks again György; and to the rest of you, I hope it helps you as well And if it should pop up again, I’ll try to get a screen shot…