Windows Server 2008 – Activation Error

Have been working on a VM of Windows Server 2008 – along with SQL Server 2008 and SharePoint 2007 – and the base Windows product has been prompting me to “Activate”.

But – for some reason – I get an error when simply trying to activate

A problem occurred when Windows tried to activate. Error Code 0x8007232B.


When you click the “More Information” link, it mentions some problem related to DNS…    But – my server (VM) can access the internet – I thought that’s all it needs ?

I really don’t know what’s happening – but here’s a resolution :

  • Click ‘Change Product Key’
  • Re-enter the product key from your initial installation (CD / ISO)
  • Windows will then Activate immediately…  


Who knows WHY or WHAT is going on – but that worked !

Thanks to Yogesh for the tip…


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