Microsoft Windows 8 Enterprise Activation

  • Command Line option:

    Hit the Windows+R hotkeys to open the Run box and run the following command:

    slmgr -ipk xxxxx-xxxxx-xxxxx-xxxxx-xxxxx

  • GUI option:

    Hit the Windows+R hotkeys to open the Run box and run the following command:

    slui.exe 3

 

Thanks to Keith Mayer is a Senior Technical Evangelist at Microsoft.

http://blogs.technet.com/b/keithmayer/archive/2012/08/24/tip-of-the-day-microsoft-windows-8-enterprise-activation-itpro-windows8.aspx#.UkviCxBGNdc

Disk Defragment in Windows 8

In Windows 8, the name for a lot of features in Windows 7 has changed. For example, Windows Anytime Upgrade is now called Add Features to Windows 8. Disk Defragmenter has now been changed to Optimize Drives. Not really sure why the name changes were necessary, but if you’re looking for something in Windows 8 and can’t find it, it’s probably because the name has changed.

Look for more information : http://helpdeskgeek.com/windows-8/what-happened-to-disk-defragmenter-in-windows-8/

Getting Started with the FREE Hyper-V Server 2012

What is Hyper-V Server 2012?

Hyper-V Server 2012 is a FREE (yes, completely free!) purpose-built product that includes the core of Windows Server 2012 and Hyper-V. The result is a streamlined Type-1 hypervisor that is optimized for remote management and provides the same virtualization scalability and high availability features as the Hyper-V role in the full version of Windows Server – including up to 320 logical processors per Hyper-V host, up to 4TB of physical memory, Live Migration, Storage Migration, Virtual Machine Replication, Clustering and more!

http://blogs.technet.com/b/keithmayer/archive/2012/09/07/getting-started-with-hyper-v-server-2012-hyperv-virtualization-itpro.aspx#.UQnaVb92zkI

Extending Your Activation Grace Period on Windows Server 2008 and 2008 R2

We need to do is run a script in the windows\system32 folder called slmgr.vbs.  Check the steps below:

  1. Bring up a Command Prompt.
  2. Type slmgr.vbs –rearm, and press ENTER.
  3. Restart the computer.

You computer has now extended the evaluation period 60 days!!!  You can re-arm up to 3 times giving you an activation-free trial period of a total of 240 days!!

How Much Time Is Remaining in the Evaluation Period

You can find out by running the same script this time with different switch:

  1. Type slmgr.vbs -dli, and the current status of the evaluation period is displayed.  (the dli switch means – display license information)

If you want to find out what else you can do with the script type slmgr.vbs –? and you’ll get a full list and explanation of all the switches.