Tag: Enterprise

How to activate Windows 8 Enterprise

Windows 8 Logo

If you download Windows 8 Enterprise from TechNet or MSDN and you don’t have a KMS server in your environment you cannot enter your Windows Key via Windows GUI. Normally you don’t have to because Windows 8 Enterprise gets activated automatically by using your KMS infrastructure, but in a isolated Lab environment you may not have a KMS server. In this case you can run the following commands to activate your Windows 8 Enterprise installation. You have the following two options to activate Windows 8 Enterprise with the MAK key:

Command line option:

Run the following command to enter the key

GUI option

Run the following command to get the GUI to enter the key


Windows 8 Enterprise Enter Key

DirectAccess for SMB and Lab environments – Design, Step by Step and Troubleshooting Guide

DirectAccess for SMB and Lab Environments This is a modified document which I wrote for a Microsoft Workshop at KTSI. It’s a Desgin, Step by Step and a Troubleshooting Guide for Microsoft DirectAccess. This is made for SMB or LAB environments not for Enterprise Deployments.

I hope this guide can help you deploy DirectAccess in your environment and you can enjoy DirectAccess like I do 😉

Windows Server 2008 R2 Hyper-V Licensing Overview


This is a little Overview how you can license Windows Server 2008 R2 in a Hyper-V Environment. One of the biggest advantages  of Hyper-V over VMware are the included Guest OS Licenses. For example if you buy a Windows Server 2008 R2 Datacenter license (of each CPU of your physical Server) you can deploy unlimited Windows Server 2008 R2 Datacenter Virtual Machines on this Host.

This Overview should help you understand how this works.

LicenseLicense modelsPhysicalVirtual
Windows Server 2008 R2 FoundationServer License10
Windows Server 2008 R2 StandardServer + CAL
Processor or SAL
Windows Server 2008 R2 EnterpriseServer + CAL
Processor or SAL
Windows Server 2008 R2 DatacenterProcessor + CAL1unlimited
Windows Server 2008 R2 for Itanium-Based SystemsProcessor + CAL1unlimited
Windows Web Server 2008 R2Server License10 (or 1)
Hyper-V Server 2008 R2Free10


If you need more infos you can find this here.