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23rd March 2011, 12:51 PM #1
Windows 7 activation
We are rolling out windows 7 accros the school, for windows to activate do we need to setup a KMS server or can we use a MAK/VL key.
23rd March 2011, 02:58 PM #2
If you're doing more than a handful of machines, it's worth taking the time to set up KMS (IME it Just Works™, as long as DNS is set up correctly). Remember than machines have to re-arm at intervals, so for staff laptops I'm sticking with a MAK and permanent activation.
23rd March 2011, 07:06 PM #3
Use KMS, you can set the interval for the checking so it shouldn't be a problem unless staff who use laptops are likely to be off site for a long period (if i recall its 180 days max)
23rd March 2011, 09:44 PM #4
Yes 180 is the max time limit. It's also a good way to ensure that staff bring them in to school at regular intervals for updates and such like, especially when you also use NAP/NAC.
23rd March 2011, 10:00 PM #5
Just remember, if you use MAK, once you use an activation its used forever. The activation servers don't care that a machine has activated before, if you have to reimage/reinstall a mak activated copy of windows 7 for whatever reason, activating it again will use a 2nd activation, therefore you might run out eventually (like I did ). Microsoft will normally give you more but KMS is definitely worth the time to configure.
6th April 2011, 11:11 PM #6
KMS is definitley worth it, once it is done you can forget about it, just leave it on it's own VM in the corner!
6th April 2011, 11:23 PM #7
Works for us.... until someone turns off the KMS VM and doesnt point it out to me
Originally Posted by ect
7th April 2011, 12:58 AM #8
You can use KMS - Download details: Windows Server 2008 KMS Setup Demonstration
Or you can use productKey setting in the Microsoft-Windows-Shell-Setup component in the answer file to automate the activation process.
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