Thursday, 20 November 2008

Windows 2008 Activation with VAMT

Had 'fun' with VAMT today (Volume Activation Management Tool) activating Windows 2008 instances.

The bottom line is that the VAMT tool (like the activation process itself) DOESNT support proxy authentication.

It also doesn't get through Windows firewall (turned this temporarily off in Group Policy) to activate them.

If you find licences slipping away before you can activate them, a temporary fix is to 'rearm' them. Execute ' slmgr.vbs /rearm ' to do this.

Proxy authentication error was as follows >

Unexpected Error
An unexpected error has occurred
The following information was found for this error:
Code: 0x8004FE33
Description: Unable to find a detailed error description.
The facility code is: ITF (0x04)
Facility error: 0xFE33 (65075L)

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