Activating a Windows 2012 R2 Server offline

If you’re trying to activate a server which has no internet connectivity or access to a KMS server, your options for activating Windows are narrowed to calling the automated phone service.  In previous versions of Windows, it would prompt you to enter a product key, then ask if you would like to activate over the…

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Cannot bring SQL resource online after installation

I’m going through what feels like iteration 14,354 of the process to migrate my customer to a completely new platform, which involves moving from physical to virtual resources and leaping forward 3-4 product versions for just about every product on which the customer’s solution runs, which includes a generous helping of SQL Server. I’m building…

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