Tag Archives: Windows Server 2008 R2

Enabling Virtualization in Your BIOS

For Dell Systems

  1. Restart your machine, and press F2 at boot (or whichever key is necessary) to enter BIOS setup
  2. Under Performance > set Virtualization to ON
  3. Under Performance > set VT for Direct I/O Access to ON
  4. Save & Exit BIOS
  5. Restart computer

For HP Systems

  1. Restart your machine, and press F2 at boot (or whichever key is necessary) to enter BIOS setup
  2. Under OS Security > set Intel Virtualization Technology (VTx) to ON
  3. Under OS Security > set IO Virtualization to ON
  4. Save & Exit BIOS
  5. Restart computer

Activating Server Core

Slmgr.vbs is the tool that designed to be used to activate Server Core.

Windows Software Licensing Management Tool
Usage: slmgr.vbs [MachineName User Password] <One of the Options>
MachineName: if machine name is not provided, slmgr.vbs runs on local machine (do not require User/Password)
Note, this management tool is only for Windows
Global Options:
-did                                 , Display product GUIDs and descriptions
-ilc <License File>                  , Install license
-ipk <Product Key>                   , Install product key
-upk <Product GUID>                  , Uninstall specified product key
-ato [Product GUID]                  , Activate specified product
, (activate all products if parameter not provided)
-atp <Product GUID> <Confirmation ID>, Activate specified product with user-provided confirmation ID
-dli [Product GUID]                  , Display license information for specified product
, (all licenses are displayed if parameter not provided)
Volume Licensing: Key Management Service (KMS) Options:
-dbi                                 , Display KMS and client license information
-skms <KMS Machine Name>             , Set name of KMS Computer to be used
-ckms                                , Clear name of KMS computer used
-sai <ActivationInterval>            , Set how often client connects to KMS computer (in minutes) before computer is activated
-sri <RenewalInterval>               , Set how often client connects to KMS computer (in minutes) after computer is activated
-bmc                                 , Immediately attempt to connect client to KMS computer
-ekms <Product Key>                  , Enable Key Management Service on this machine