Product Activation for Windows Server Core

by Shijaz Abdulla on 11.03.2008 at 13:52

Windows Server 2008 Server Core has no GUI. So how do you do the Product Activation for Server Core? How do you check if activation was successful? This post tells all.

To activate Windows:

cscript C:WindowsSystem32slmgr.vbs -ato


To get lots of useful information about the activation:

cscript C:WindowsSystem32slmgr.vbs -dlv

To find out how much time you’ve got (to activate, of course):

cscript C:WindowsSystem32slmgr.vbs -xpr


Output displayed will tell you when the grace period will end.

Microsoft (R) Windows Script Host Version 5.7
Copyright (C) Microsoft Corporation. All rights reserved.
Initial grace period ends 4/20/2008 11:23:28 PM

If you are already activated, -xpr switch will tell you that, too

Welcome to the dark side.

Microsoft Technology Day: Kuwait

by Shijaz Abdulla on 09.03.2008 at 19:23

Microsoft Technology Day is being conducted by the Microsoft Experts Community (MSExperts.net) at Kuwait on March 30, 2008.

The event will consist of a total of 42 sessions by 20 speakers. Keynote speakers from Microsoft Gulf will be Vimal Sethi, Group Manager – Developer & Platform and Amr El Garhy, Developer Evangelist & MVP TechLead.

The speakers for this event will consist of MVPs from across Middle East and Africa, Microsoft consultants, and MCTs. The event will be held at Infocenter – Duwalia, Kuwait.

I will be presenting at the event on the following topics:

10:15 to 11:15 – System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2007
I will be giving an overview of the core virtualization technologies available today, the DSI initiative, virtualization management, and a live demo of System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2007.

11:30 to 12:30 – Windows Server 2008 Server Core
I will be explaining what server core is all about and intend to do a live demo on how to set up a DHCP server using Windows Server 2008 Server Core.

13:15 to 14:15 – Top 10 mistakes while configuring ISA Server
I will be taking you to a tour on some of the most common mistakes committed by administrators while configuring ISA Server 2004/2006.

14:30 to 15:30 – Identity Lifecycle Manager 2007
I will be explaining the key concepts of Identity Lifecycle Management and what it can do for your organization.

For a list of sessions by the other notable speakers, please check the MSexperts website.

Click here to register for the event. See you in Kuwait insha allah!

Articles on enabling Remote Desktop

by Shijaz Abdulla on 17.02.2008 at 12:38

It’s been some time since I’ve written new articles on shijaz.com 🙂

I have added two new articles on Remote Desktop: