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    KMS Count stuck at 5

    KMS setup on Win2k3 server and seemed to be working fine.

    Office 2010 count now at 6

    Win7 count was 5 and I'v been messing with win7 installations etc and it's been steadily rising after each rebuild etc.

    However today I've done 2 or 3 re-ghosts of win7 (after sysprep) and the count on the KMS still reads 5.

    I've checked the event log on the server and it is seeing the requests:

    Event Type: Information
    Event Source: KmsRequests
    Event Category: None
    Event ID: 12290
    Date: 21/03/2011
    Time: 14:43:18
    User: N/A
    Computer: KMS1
    Description:
    An activation request has been processed.
    Info:
    0x0,5,client6-PC.curriculum.local,d4e4fc7d-2b97-4c63-a128-cee86305f550,2011/3/21 14:43,0,2,43195,6f327760-8c5c-417c-9b61-836a98287e0c

    For more information, see Help and Support Center at Events and Errors Message Center: Basic Search.

    Any ideas what might suddenly be going wrong?

    I've been checking the count at the server by typing:
    "slmgr -dli"

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    I found that ghosting the machines was a bad thing for KMS unless you are using SCCM or WDS. If you are not using either of those it wont count properly.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nephilim View Post
    I found that ghosting the machines was a bad thing for KMS unless you are using SCCM or WDS. If you are not using either of those it wont count properly.
    Why should ghosting make any difference - it's only recreating a windows 7 build that has just been sysprep'd?

    Surely any mis-counting could only be attributed to a SYSPREP issue not a GHOSTING one?

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    nope, its the physical ghosting. Because you are taking a machine that is already done and using that as your base. If you were to use a WDS or SCCM image where it adapts to the machine without any additional hassle it will count fine. WDS and SCCM also require sysprepping as well, so the sysprep wont have anything to do with it.

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    Hmmmm

    I thought the whole point of the sysprep operation was that it "stripped" off the build anything that made it unique - and thus ready for cloning - or ghosting

    Have I misunderstood?

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    when you sysprep it still uses the unique identifier in the NIC. When you ghost (even with sysprep) it will try to put the unique identifier of the original machine

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    Its not the fault of your image, its how kms works. Unlike mak activations, kms knows if a computer has been activated before and does not count it as an extra activation. Computers with KMS reactivate quite frequently with the server anyway. Image a different computer and the count will go up I'm sure.

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