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Questions tagged [kms]

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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Can Windows Server be a KMS client to AWS, but also a host for Office clients?

I want to use a micro Windows Server instance on Amazon as a KMS host for Microsoft Office. The Windows Server instance is already set up as a KMS client getting its keys from Amazon for WS 2012. Is ...
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Does a client needs constant access to KMS activation server?

If we once activate a Windows Server to a KMS server, do we later need connection to that KMS server? Or is it a completely one-time occasion? Or at later, when updates come, again connection to ...
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How to activate Windows Server 2016 using MAK key and no local KMS?

We have a very small virtual environment with only two Server 2012 VMs. We just purchased a license (local government entity) for Windows Server 2016 in order to add another VM to our stack. I'm ...
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Active Directory Activation - Restricting by OU

I'd like to set up Active Directory based activation on our domain. In our environment we have a need to use MAK keys on some machines that may not see the AD server for a year or more. Thus, we'd ...
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Activate Windows with GVLK key without internet

I have several machines that are not connected directly to the internet. They use a HTTP(s) proxy that allows them to visit websites. The machines are currently not activated because of this. The ...
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Win2012 server R2 KMS host doesn't activate Win10

I have to create a KMS infrastructure in my company: I've read loads of MS docs and how-tos, I've searched the net but I'm still unable to make it work as expected. DNS is configured properly, ...
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AWS EBS volume encryption using KMS

I am tinkering with EBS encryption volumes. But I'm struck and fail to understand how it works. I have two user accounts xyz and abc with admin access which are created from root account . I have ...
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How to use Microsoft KMS server 2016 to activate a Windows Server 2008 R2

We are busy building a new environment. Most of our servers are Windows server 2016. And so is our KMS server. To run some old applications, we need to activate a few Windows Server 2008 R2 ...
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How to configure active directory activation from powershell/commandline?

Although it's a simple matter to configure Active Directory activation on Windows Server 2016 once the VA role is installed using the GUI, I need a way to configure this from the command line or ...
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KMS Activation for Windows and Office Fails

I have cloned and deployed several PCs with similar hardware as they are of the same model. The steps are as follows: Computer A: Install Windows Install applications/drivers/updates Capture Image ...
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VAMT Indicates two revision levels are incompatible

I'm trying to add/run Office 2016 to the KMS server. The KMS server is currently Server 2016 std. Running the package for this installs and then brings up VAT. I try entering the KMS key and try ...
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KMS Activation issue - PROVIDER NOT FOUND

I have an error when trying to add keys for win 2016, office 2016 or windows 10 on Windows Server 2012 R2 KMS Server. I have update everything and did this also. And I get this error error image ...
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KMS clients still try to talk to MS

I've found that Windows KMS clients (2012R2 specifically but may be others) try to talk to MS servers during activation. My understanding was that this should be entirely local. slmgr /ipk GGWHX-.....
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Unable to Activate Windows EC2 instance via KMS

I have an EC2 Instance Windows Server Datacenter 2008, and I'm getting an "Unable to Activate Windows" message. Even after following through the instructions here
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Server 2008 R2 KMS server - activating Windows 10 clients

How can I activate Windows 10 clients via an existing KMS Server running on Windows 2008 R2? EXISTING ENVIRONMENT Windows 2008 R2 Server running the KMS Host role Existing KMS key is Windows 2012 R2 ...
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Does CloudFront support S3 signature version 4 for KMS encrypted objects?

I'm using Cloudfront with an S3 origin that is using KMS to encrypt objects. I'm getting the following error when sending a GET request for an object in the S3 bucket. Requests specifying Server ...
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Routing to KMS on another network/domain

This question is about KMS activation over a different network from the one my workstation is connected to. The software I am dealing with is Windows 7 Enterprise and MS Office 2013 Scenario I ...
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Empty output file in systemd unit file

Edited!!!! I used this unit file and here is the output but it won't create any log files. [Unit] Description=PY-KMS After=network.target [Service] Type=simple ExecStart=/usr/local/py-kms-master/...
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Obtain the KMS Host key

I have a machine with Windows Server 2012 with a key of KMS Host, I lost the paper where I have the key annotated. Now I am trying to migrate the KMS host to a server with Windows Server 2012 R2. But ...
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KMS Host has more than the minimum count, but client machines are still not activating

So pretty as the question states, here is some more info: What I have done: 1) I have setup 36 machines (I have more, but just done one lab for now) to point to the KMS Host 2) I have rearmed the ...
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Will KMS clients handle CNAMEs?

Will the various KMS client versions (Windows, Office) handle CNAMEs as expected (i.e. resolve the referenced destination RRs) when resolving the _vlmcs._tcp.<localdomain> KMS machine name from ...
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Does a current KMS need old versions' keys?

When installing the Volume Activation role on Windows Server 2012 R2 and activating it with a Server 2012 Std/Datacenter KMS host key, would I still need to install the older product versions' keys (...
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Windows KMS licences in a restricted network

TL;DR: is it possible to install some kind of local kms activation proxy, so the clients could only talk to the proxy, and the proxy will forward the activation request to a kms server which can not ...
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KMS activation without DNS

I'm loading a small sized isolated lab with Windows 7 and Office 2013. There are enough hosts to use KMS. In addition the lab does not have DNS as a service available, every host will use a static ...
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Can't activate volume license Office 2013 installed on retail Windows 7 via KMS

I have a KMS host in my environment running on Windows 7 Enterprise. It is configured to activate all volume licensed editions of Windows and below and Office 2013 and below. It has received the ...
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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: http://www.rivnet.ro/...
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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 8/...
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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, even ...
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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 ...