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I'm trying to activate a Windows 7 Professional laptop, and I have a Windows Server 2008 on which I've activated KMS:

cscript slmgr.vbs /ipk {My_KMS_Key} 

My_KMS_Key is the key from the licensing site listed next to "Windows Server 2008 Std/Ent KMS B"

The thing I can't find clearly explained is whether or not I should be adding Win 7 licenses to the KMS server in some way?

I have the following KMS keys available on the licensing site:

  • Windows Vista - KMS
  • Win 7 - KMS
  • Windows Server 2008R2 Std/Ent KMS B
  • Windows Server 2008 Std/Ent KMS B

I have the following MAK keys available on the licensing site:

  • Windows Vista - MAK
  • Win 7 - MAK
  • Windows Server 2008R2 Std/Ent - MAK B
  • Windows Server 2008 Std/Ent MAK B

Here's the current DLI:

cscript slmgr.vbs /dli
Name: Windows Server(R), ServerStandardV edition
Description: Windows Operating System - Windows Server(R), VOLUME_KMS_B channel
Partial Product Key: XXXXX
License Status: Licensed

Key Management Service is enabled on this machine
    Current count: 0
    Listening on Port: 1688
    DNS publishing enabled
    KMS priority: Normal

Key Management Service cumulative requests received from clients
    Total requests received: 0
    Failed requests received: 0
    Requests with License Status Unlicensed: 0
    Requests with License Status Licensed: 0
    Requests with License Status Initial grace period: 0
    Requests with License Status License expired or Hardware out of tolerance: 0

    Requests with License Status Non-genuine grace period: 0
    Requests with License Status Notification: 0    

(Incidentally, I have installed KMS 1.2 using the Windows6.0-KB968912-v2-x64.msu download)

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You REALLY need to read the documentation.

The thing I can't find clearly explained is whether or not I should be adding Win 7 licenses to the KMS server in some way?

Your key is a Windows Server 2008 Std/Ent KMS B key, which means it will activate everything that is livenced with a KMS B key. Check http://www.microsoft.com/licensing/existing-customers/product-activation-faq.aspx for an explnattion what is in there.

A MAK key is... for MAK (Multi Activation of clients). Technically you used a KMS Key, not a MAK Key.

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That's fine, I used the KMS key that I think I'm supposed to. I amended my question to fix the typo - My_Mak_Key was actually supposed to be My_KMS_Key. The thing is, how do I use the Win7 KMS key? Will that server "KMS B" key not activate Win7 clients? –  Cylindric Sep 21 '10 at 11:57
    
It will, the moment you have enough computers contacting the KMS. For clients that means 25 requests for activation before it starts activating them. –  TomTom Sep 21 '10 at 13:25
    
Aah, thanks. So I assume that for the first 25, I use MAK's? Also, is it correct that "total requests received" stays at zero until the 26th request? –  Cylindric Sep 22 '10 at 8:33
    
Only if you dont have25 to start with. Servers / VM's also count. Total reusts received has NO indication. It is - common sense, as the name indicates - the number of requests RECEIVED. It does not say different machines, it does not say answered. If that does not count up - check firewall settings ;) –  TomTom Sep 22 '10 at 10:38
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