KMS stands for Key Management Services by Microsoft. KMS allows volume license customers of Microsoft Products to establish a server to hand out software product keys, thus eliminating the need to hand enter product activation keys each time a new operating system is installed.

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VAMT doesn't show clients waiting to activate until threshold reached?

I'm trying to get the KMS on our network up past the 25+ activation threshold so that users don't freak out until we're finished deploying. To that end, I'm setting up VMs on a vmware box. When I ...
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Broken activation of Windows Server 2012 [duplicate]

I inherited non-activated Windows Server 2012 Standard. So I purchased retail version "OEM Win Svr Std 2012 R2 x64 CZ 1pk DVD 2CPU / 2VM" and tried to activate it with product key. With this key, I ...
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KMS for Office 2013 defaults to old server - DNS is fine

I have a strange problem with a Server 2012 R2 KMS Server which has been migrated from a 2008 R2 Server - and by migrated I mean removed, and followed all instructions found here: ...
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Microsoft Office Standard 2010 Not activating with KMS Server

About a month ago I took the 64GB SSD inside of my workstation out and cloned it to a new 128GB SSD which I put back into the workstation (I had like 4 bytes left...). Everything has worked great and ...
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Setting up new KMS Host - what is best practice for _VLMCS DNS entry?

I have been tasked with setting up our PDC as the new KMS Host in our environment. I have a question in relation to the DNS entry for KMS Host/s. There is an existing _VLMCS entry in _tcp for the ...
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Need to update a KMS key on licensing server

We are a college campus with a bunch (100s) of computers scattered around between labs and staff use. We've recently started getting notifications on some desktops that Windows is not activated, and ...
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MS's DNS configuration for Key Management Services

I've gotten saddled with setting up MS's Key Management Services for our systems. (I missed the meeting...) The KMS server part seems to have installed on the KMS server box ok and appears to have ...
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Office 2013 KMS with KMS host on same computer

Well, initially I wanted to run my KMS Host on Windows Server 2008 (non R2),but the KMS host version for Office 2013 is incompatible... I finally relented and installed the KMS Host on Windows 7 (my ...
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windows server 2012 r2 - activation grace period?

I have 3 windows 2012 R2 servers that our sys admin guys are having trouble getting to talk to our KMS server properly. I'm sure in time they'll work out whatever issue they're having since we're ...
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Activate using KMS on different domain

We have a client where we have built new servers including DC,DNS servers, lets call it, 'new.com'. These servers are activated using the KMS host in our PROD domain 'main.com'. 1) Would OS license ...
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Can Windows Server 2008 act as a KMS for Windows 7?

I have been asked to help set up a KMS server for Windows 7 clients on a Windows Server 2008 (R1 SP2) server. Windows Server is licensed separately from Windows 7 (the volume licence is only for ...
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What is the KMS road warrior user experience?

We provide Office and Exchange and Sharepoint services to our users who are all "permanent road warriors" - by which I mean they don't belong to any domain, they don't even dial in to a VPN, they act ...
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Activate Windows 8 with Server 2008 R2 KMS Host

I have a KMS host running Server 2008 R2 sp1. I have licenses and a KMS host key for Windows 8. I would like to use my existing server to activate these licenses. I've successfully applied the update ...
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Activating MS Office 2013 Standard via KMS running on the same server

Given: Microsoft Windows Server 2008 R2 Enterprise 64-bit, all the latest security updates applied. KMS service set up and running, all the recommended updates applied (to handle possible activation ...
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Word 2013, KMS not activating, looking for clues

I have ONE office 2013 installation among a little more than half a dozen that is not getting activated by our KMS. Funny enough it is on my machine which got reinstalled some time ago - "last" of ...
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KMS Activation count w7 ent

On my KMS host (Windows Server 2008 R2), when i do a slmgr.vbs /dli, I dont see any Current Count fied, i only see this: Name: Windows Server(R), Server Standard edition Description: Windows ...
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Will a Windows 8 KMS key allow older operating systems to be activated?

To put our Windows 8 KMS key onto our KMS server running Server 2008 R2, it appears that we first need to remove the existing Windows 7/Server 2008 key. Is this the case? If so, do the new Windows ...
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KMS host setup: Windows 8 and Server 2012 support

As our client computer team is in the process of creating some Windows 8 images I have been charged with the setup of the KMS host to support this OS. I do currently run a 2003 KMS host that serves ...
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MAK - Activation via WDS - Error code: 0xc004f038

I'm setting up a WDS server in a domain where it's said that MAK is being used for activation of the Windows 7 clients. Now, I'm getting this error 0xc004f038 which seems to be related to KMS and ...
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Is it possible to setup a Windows 2008 R2 KMS server for windows 7 Licensing only? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Can you help me with my software licensing question? The question is in the Title, I had the impression that you needed a Windows 2008 R2 KMS key to setup the KMS host, ...
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KMS - all clients remain in “Initial Grace Period”

I've set up KMS on a Server 2008 R2 Datacenter machine and all looks pretty good. The proper DNS entry got added and Windows 7 clients are listed on the server. They have all stayed in the "Initial ...
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How does KMS (Windows Server 2008 R2) differentiate clients?

I have recently installed a KMS Server in our domain and deployed 75 new Windows 7 machines using an image I made using Acronis True Image. There are 2 variations of this image rolled out currently. ...
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Installing KMS on a DC… good idea or bad?

What are your thoughts on installing a KMS server on a DC? Any drawbacks?
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KMS - What clients are licensed?

We have been running KMS for a while now and I am curious what clients are currently using this licensing method. I can easily pull the event logs from the server and comma delimited parse them in ...
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KMS is rejecting my license keys

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 ...
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How do I set up Windows 7 computers in a phased approach using a KMS key?

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 ...
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Office 2010 KMS question

I have deployed a KMS server in our environment which does different versions of Windows but also Office 2010. Regarding office 2010 and its expiration, what is the max time? For Windows clients it ...
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Activating Windows 7: KMS vs. MAK

What are the differences (and maybe pros and cons) of KMS and MAK license activation for Windows 7?
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KMS / Office 2010… please point to documentation

Trying to find out how to "modify" KMS to also accept the Office 2010 KMS key. Can anyone point me to some document about this? Basically - do I have to install an update to KMS? I wand my KMS server ...
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Can you configure multiple KMS hosts in a primary / secondary relationship?

We have two datacenters in our environment: primary and DR. I need to deploy a KMS service, and to be proactive, I would like to have a host in both datacenters. From what I have read, you can have ...
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Windows 7 activation problems using KMS

I have set up a KMS server on a 2003 server with the lastest update to KMS for windows 7 and 2008 R2 support. I have registered the win 7 enterprise kms key on the kms server. When the clients try to ...
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About to setup KMS server for Volume activation

I have searched and searched for any hints of how i should setup our KMS server for our coming installations of 2008(r2) servers and win7 clients. No luck, so here I am. We've got around 20 ...
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Why won't my Windows 7 KMS key work on my Server 2008 KMS server?

Our Microsoft volume licensing site was recently updated to include our Windows 7 and Server 2008 R2 KMS keys. We have an existing KMS server running on Server 2008 (not R2). In an attempt to be ...