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AVMA License Keys for Windows Server 2019

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It’s time to update my old AVMA license keys blog post! What are AVMA license keys? Automatic Virtual Machine Activation (AVMA) license keys are used to license virtual machines (VMs) hosted on Windows Server 2019, Windows Server 2016 or Windows Server 2012 R2.

Here’s an excerpt from the documentation:

Automatic Virtual Machine Activation (AVMA) acts as a proof-of-purchase mechanism, helping to ensure that Windows products are used in accordance with the Product Use Rights and Microsoft Software License Terms.

AVMA lets you install virtual machines on a properly activated Windows server without having to manage product keys for each individual virtual machine, even in disconnected environments. AVMA binds the virtual machine activation to the licensed virtualization server and activates the virtual machine when it starts up. AVMA also provides real-time reporting on usage and historical data on the license state of the virtual machine. Reporting and tracking data is available on the virtualization server.

If you would like to know more about AVMA license keys, please see this article: https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/windows-server/get-started-19/vm-activation-19.

AVMA License Keys - Keys

Using the AVMA feature helps to reduce VM licensing costs because VMs are covered within the existing host servers’ licensing. See the licensing data sheet for more details.

Windows Server 2019 and VMs

AVMA License Keys - Table

The table above shows that you get unlimited VMs with the Windows Server 2019 Datacenter Edition and two VMs for the Standard Edition. In either case, use the AVMA license keys (see list below) in order to activate the VMs on the server.

AVMA License Keys

What are the AVMA license keys that you should use for Windows Server 2019, Windows Server 2016, or any of the client operating systems (OS)? Take a look at the information listed below. You can see that there are keys for Window Server 2019, Windows Server 2016, Windows Server 2012 R2, Windows 10, and Windows 8.1. By the way, if you are still using Windows Server 2012 R2, then check out my colleague, Joseph Yedid’s blog post, Fun with AVMA.

With these AVMA license keys you should be able to create the perfect test lab when using Windows Server 2019 Datacenter or Windows Server 2016 Datacenter, since it allows unlimited VMs. My test lab uses Windows Server 2016 Datacenter for this very reason!

If you have any questions about AVMA license keys, please feel free to contact me at @GarthMJ.

Server OS

Windows Server 2019

Datacenter – H3RNG-8C32Q-Q8FRX-6TDXV-WMBMW

Standard – TNK62-RXVTB-4P47B-2D623-4GF74

Essentials – 2CTP7-NHT64-BP62M-FV6GG-HFV28

Windows Server 2019 (1809)

Datacenter – H3RNG-8C32Q-Q8FRX-6TDXV-WMBMW

Standard – TNK62-RXVTB-4P47B-2D623-4GF74

Windows Server 2019 (1803 and 1709)


Standard – C3RCX-M6NRP-6CXC9-TW2F2-4RHYD

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 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

AVMA License Keys - Key

Client OS

I noticed that the Windows 10 Enterprise AVMA license key noted below is the same key listed on the Key Management Service (KMS) keys webpage, so for the client OS keys, the KMS keys MIGHT work too!

Windows 10

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 8.1

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





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