Wednesday, June 5, 2013

"Change product key" link is not available in Windows 8 or in Windows Server 2012

Original KB text on location: http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2750773

Symptoms
When you try to change the product key in Windows 8 or in Windows Server 2012, you cannot find a "Change product key" link in the System item in Control Panel.

For example, you want to convert a default setup product key to a Multiple Activation Key (MAK) on a computer that is running Windows 8. However, you cannot find an element in the UI that lets you change the product key.


Cause
This issue occurs because the "Change product key" link is not displayed if Windows 8 or Windows 2012 is not activated.


Resolution
To change the product key without first activating Windows, use one of the following methods:
Method 1

    Swipe in from the right edge of the screen, and then tap Search. Or, if you are using a mouse, point to the lower-right corner of the screen, and then click Search.
    In the search box, type Slui.exe 0x3.
    Tap or click the Slui.exe 0x3 icon.
    Type your product key in the Windows Activation window, and then click Activate.

Method 2

Run the following command at an elevated command prompt:
Cscript.exe %windir%\system32\slmgr.vbs /ipk
Note You can also use the Volume Activation Management Tool (VAMT) 3.0 to change the product key remotely, or if you want to change the product key on multiple computers. 



Monday, June 3, 2013

VMWare Zimbra - How to renew certificate after 365 days

[zimbra@mail root]$ zmcontrol status
Unable to determine enabled services from ldap.
Enabled services read from cache. Service list may be inaccurate.
Host mail.xxxxx.com
        antispam                Running
        antivirus               Running
        imapproxy               Running
        ldap                    Running
        logger                  Stopped
                zmlogswatchctl is not running
        mailbox                 Stopped
                zmmailboxdctl is not running.
        memcached               Running
        mta                     Running
        snmp                    Running
        spell                   Running
        stats                   Running
        zmconfigd               Running



Error you get when you try to stop / start zimbra:

Unable to determine enabled services from ldap.
Enabled services read from cache. Service list may be inaccurate.
Starting logger...Failed.
Starting logswatch...ERROR: service.FAILURE (system failure: ZimbraLdapContext) (cause: javax.net.ssl.SSLHandshakeException sun.security.validator.ValidatorException: PKIX path validation failed: java.security.cert.CertPathValidatorException: timestamp check failed)
 zimbra logger service is not enabled!  failed.


Procedure is following:

as su - zimbra
 zmcontrol stop
as root
 cd /opt/zimbra/bin
 ./zmcertmgr createcrt -new -days 365
 ./zmcertmgr deploycrt self
 ./zmcertmgr viewdeployedcrt
 cd /opt/zimbra/libexec
 ./zmfixperms

as su - zimbra

[zimbra@mail libexec]$ zmcontrol start
Host mail.xxxxx.com
        Starting ldap...Done.
        Starting zmconfigd...Done.
        Starting logger...Done.
        Starting mailbox...Done.
        Starting memcached...Done.
        Starting imapproxy...Done.
        Starting antispam...Done.
        Starting antivirus...Done.
        Starting snmp...Done.
        Starting spell...Done.
        Starting mta...Done.
        Starting stats...Done.
[zimbra@mail libexec]$ zmcontrol status
Host mail.xxxxx.com
        antispam                Running
        antivirus               Running
        imapproxy               Running
        ldap                    Running
        logger                  Running
        mailbox                 Running
        memcached               Running
        mta                     Running
        snmp                    Running
        spell                   Running
        stats                   Running
        zmconfigd               Running

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