By Garth Jones
What are Automatic Virtual Machine Activation (AVMA) license keys? AVMA license keys are used to license virtual machines (VMs) hosted on Windows Server 2016 or 2012 R2. For more details about AVMA license keys see this article.
By using the AVMA feature, you can reduce your VM licensing costs as your VMs will be covered within the existing host servers’ licensing. See the licensing data sheet for more details.
The table above shows that you get unlimited VMs with Windows Server Datacenter Edition and two VMs for Standard Edition. In either case the AVMA license keys are what you should use to activate the VMs on the server.
What are the AVMA license keys that you should use? In Joseph’s blog post, Fun with AVMA, he lists the Windows 2012 R2 AVMA license keys, but what are the keys for Windows Server 2016 or any of the client operating systems (OS)? The answer to this question is listed below. You can see that there are keys for Windows 8.1, Windows 10, Windows Server 2012 R2 and Windows Server 2016.
With these AVMA license keys you should be able to create perfect test labs when using Windows Server 2016 Datacenter since it allows unlimited VMs. I use Windows Server 2016 Datacenter for my test lab for this very reason!
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me at @GarthMJ.
Windows Server 2016
Windows Server 2016 Datacenter – TMJ3Y-NTRTM-FJYXT-T22BY-CWG3J
Windows Server 2016 Standard – C3RCX-M6NRP-6CXC9-TW2F2-4RHYD
Windows Server 2016 Essentials – B4YNW-62DX9-W8V6M-82649-MHBKQ
Windows 10 Enterprise – NPPR9-FWDCX-D2C8J-H872K-2YT43
Windows 10 Pro – VK7JG-NPHTM-C97JM-9MPGT-3V66T
Windows 10 Home – TX9XD-98N7V-6WMQ6-BX7FG-H8Q99
Windows 2012 R2
Windows Server 2012 R2 Datacenter – Y4TGP-NPTV9-HTC2H-7MGQ3-DV4TW
Windows Server 2012 R2 Standard – DBGBW-NPF86-BJVTX-K3WKJ-MTB6V
Windows Server 2012 R2 Essentials – K2XGM-NMBT3-2R6Q8-WF2FK-P36R2
Windows 8.1 Professional – GCRJD-8NW9H-F2CDX-CCM8D-9D6T9
Windows 8.1 Professional N – HMCNV-VVBFX-7HMBH-CTY9B-B4FXY
Windows 8.1 Enterprise – MHF9N-XY6XB-WVXMC-BTDCT-MKKG7
Windows 8.1 Enterprise N – TT4HM-HN7YT-62K67-RGRQJ-JFFXW