Error message when you try to activate Windows Vista Enterprise, Windows Vista Business, or Windows Server 2008: Code 0x8007232b

Error message when you try to activate Windows Vista Enterprise, Windows Vista Business, or Windows Server 2008: Code 0x8007232b

Article ID : 929826
Last Review : October 26, 2007
Revision : 1.6
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SYMPTOMS

When you try to activate Windows Vista Enterprise, Windows Vista Business, or Windows Server 2008, you may receive an error message that resembles the following:

Activation Error: Code 0x8007232b
DNS Name does not exist

This issue may occur if you use volume-licensed media to install Windows Vista Enterprise, Windows Vista Business, or Windows Server 2008.

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CAUSE

This issue occurs if the activation wizard cannot connect to a Key Management Service (KMS) host computer.

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RESOLUTION

To resolve this issue, use one of the following methods.

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Method 1: Set up a KMS server

Configure a computer on the network to host the KMS software. Then, publish the Domain Name System (DNS) settings.

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Method 2: Use a Multiple Activation Key

Change the product key to a Multiple Activation Key (MAK).

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MORE INFORMATION

When you use volume-licensed media to install Windows Vista Enterprise, Windows Vista Business, or Windows Server 2008, the installation process uses a generic product key. When you then try to activate Windows Vista or Windows Server 2008, the activation wizard uses DNS to locate a Windows Vista-based or Windows Server 2008-based computer that is running the KMS software.

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REFERENCES

For more information about Volume Activation for Windows Vista, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:

929712 (/Feedback.aspx?kbNumber=929712/) Volume Activation information for Windows Vista

For more information about volume licensing, visit the following Microsoft Web site:

http://www.microsoft.com/licensing/resources/vol/default.mspx (http://www.microsoft.com/licensing/resources/vol/default.mspx)

For more information about how to activate copies of Windows Vista or Windows Server 2008 that were installed by using volume-licensed media, visit the following Microsoft TechNet Web site:

http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/windowsvista/bb335288.aspx (http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/windowsvista/bb335288.aspx)

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APPLIES TO
• Windows Vista Business
• Windows Vista Enterprise
• Windows Vista Business 64-bit Edition
• Windows Vista Enterprise 64-bit Edition
• Windows Server 2008 Standard
• Windows Server 2008 Enterprise
• Windows Server 2008 Standard without Hyper-V
• Windows Server 2008 for Itanium-Based Systems
• Windows Server 2008 Enterprise without Hyper-V

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Keywords: 
kbvolumelicensing kbactivation kbtshoot kberrmsg kbprb KB929826

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