I am a network administrator at my place of employment and we are getting ready for deploying Windows 7 Enterprise and Office 2010 Professional Plus in our organization. We are wanting to use a KMS host and key to activate the majority of our computers and reserve our MAK key for computers that won't be connected to the network where the KMS host will reside.
One of the problems that I'm facing is that we would like to deploy our Windows 7 Enterprise software in a phased manner at a rate of maybe 2-3 computers a month (out of 70 total) and at that rate we would not have 25 Windows 7 computers waiting for activation by the KMS host and they would all go out of the grace period. What do I do in this case? I feel like we're in a catch 22 where we have to deploy 25 Windows 7 computers in a 30-day period or none of them will be activated.
I have searched the Internet high and low and haven't found anyone else asking this question, so that makes me think that maybe I'm not understanding something or what we're doing is really weird (which I don't think is the case).
We do have a MAK key as well, so I've thought of deploying our computers using our MAK key until we get close to 25 and then switching them all over to using the KMS key. That seems logical, but then that leads me to my second question.
Can a MAK key be used for up to 25 computers, those computers be converted over to KMS keys and then that MAK key be used for another 25 computers? Or, is the MAK key designated for those first 25 computers and cannot be re-used on other computers?
Thanks in advance for your help demystifying these questions.