Windows Server 2019 KMS Setup

In my last post I discussed how to setup a KMS Server on a 2016 Windows Server however if you’re currently looking for a setup guide, I am guessing you’re probably licensed for Server 2019 with downgrade rights to 2016. If this is true then even if your not ready to upgrade your infrastructure to Windows Server 2019 it does makes sense to at least have your KMS server installed as the highest available level for future growth.

Install the Volume Activation Service Role via Server Manager

To create a primary Domain controller start Server Manager:

  1. Click Manage
  2. Click Add Roles and Features

Click Role Based on Featured Installation and click Next followed by clicking Next again on the Server Selection page.

On the Server Roles selection page select Volume Activation Services and click Next.

You will get a popup informing you of what features will be needed for the Server Role to function properly. Go ahead and click Add Features.

Continue to push Next throughout following screens:

  • Volume Activation Services information screen
  • Results screen, once the roles & features are fully installed.

Activate the KMS Server via the Server Manager

Navigate back to Server Manager click the flag to easily get to Volume Activation Tools

You should now be prompted to select your Volume Activation Method. For this process with will choose Key Management Service (KMS) and click Next.

Now type your KMS host key and click commit.

Once your key is installed you will need to activate your product. As long as you have internet access you can power through a series of screens to complete this task without issue.

The final steps will have the Server Manager modify your firewall and update your DNS records for you. Make sure to check the appropriate boxes for KMS firewall exceptions before you click Commit.