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    License Key Management

    Can anyone provide me with information on how tou manage licensing and MS software activation.

    I have just downloaded and installed VAMT.

    Do people use KMS or MAK?

    Any advice will be gratefully received.

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    KMS for everything here.

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    What setup is needed for KMS? Is there a GUI or do you run the commands to activate the KMS keys?

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    If i remember correctly you just from from the command line slmgr /ipk PRODUCTKEYHERE for Office KMS you download an add on and prompts you for the key.

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    Is this ran on any client machine? Or would you run the commands on a server?

    Apologies for my stupidity...I have never setup KMS before so it is all new to me...I'm sure its a lot similar than I am thinking it is!

    How do the clients point to the KMS?

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    Try to use KMS where we have sufficient clients (especially as I found hints that one teacher's partner had downloaded an Office ISO and sniffed out our key).

    It's been a while since I set it up, but I seem to remember that with VAMT you can just input the keys on the server and the clients (in theory) just check automatically.

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    The KMS server publishes entries in dns, kms aware apps such as windows 7 office 2012 use these to find the kms server.

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    The key (if you will excuse the pun) here is to have the server nominated in DNS as the KMS server running with a KMS B key.
    For office you will need an addon for this server to run office KMS.
    For activation to occur automatically you need at least 5 servers trying to activate or for office and win7/8 at least 25 clients trying to activate. For testing you may need to use the MAK key at first.
    Another pitfall is that once you have passed the threshold with windows 7 and go to windows 8 you will need the minimum of 25 clients again. (I think this is the same for office 2010 and 2013)
    I think that you can also use a windows 7 PC as the licence server as long as it is in DNS as the licence server.

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