When trying to activate a Windows server 2008 or Windows 7 machine you may get the error below:

Key management services (KMS) could not be located in domain name system (DNS), please have your system administrator verify that a KMS is published correctly in DNS.

This error occurs when windows tries to activate a Multiple Activation Key(MAK) while not having access to a Key Management Service (KMS) – i.e. if you have not set one up on your domain. If you have a separate license key for windows you can try changing the product code…..

Go to the control panel – system.

Enter your product key and it should activate (as long as you have a valid key!).

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