"The specified database is not a valid VAMT database" error message when you try to create a database by using VAMT 3.0 on a Windows 8 or Windows Server 2012-based computer
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Applies to: Windows 8 EnterpriseWindows 8 ProWindows Server 2012 DatacenterWindows Server 2012 DatacenterWindows Server 2012 EssentialsWindows Server 2012 StandardWindows Server 2012 StandardMore
When you try to create a database by using Volume Activation Management Tool (VAMT) 3.0 on a computer that is running Windows 8 or Windows Server 2012, you receive the following error message:
The specified database is not a valid VAMT database.
Additionally, the following events are logged in the VAMT log:
The issue occurs because the account that you use to log on to the computer does not have permissions to create the database.
To resolve the issue, log on to the computer as the local administrator, and then try to create the database. If the issue still occurs, install Microsoft SQL Server 2008 R2 Management Studio Express (SSMSE), and then grant yourself the relevant permissions.
To download SSMSE, go to the following Microsoft website: