Windows 7 Thread, Windows 7 Activation in Technical; I am running Windows Server 2008 R1 and I am rolling out Windows 7 clients. I have both KMS and ...
22nd January 2010, 03:30 PM #1
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Windows 7 Activation
I am running Windows Server 2008 R1 and I am rolling out Windows 7 clients. I have both KMS and MAK keys for each operating system. Which do I need to install on the server in order to allow our Windows 7 client to activate?
Curently the only key that seems to work on the server is a server 2008 R2 MAK which obviously doesn't allow my Windows 7 clients to activate.
I was under the impression that installing the Windows 7 KMS would be backwardly compatable and should be put on the server but to no avail.
Any help would be appreciated.
22nd January 2010, 11:33 PM #2
there is some kind of script you need to run with the KMS key AFAIK on the server for it to act as a license server. it needs to reach a threshold of 25 clients (or 5 servers I think) requesting activation before they will activate though.
maybe look at the info/vids from Microsoft then you'll most likely be as confused as I am.
does anyone know of a tool that can run on the server to let me know how many machines have requested/been granted activation?
22nd January 2010, 11:45 PM #3
A KMS server can only have one key at a time, the key you want is a 2008r2 key if it is avalible to you as it will activate both 2008r2 and anything below it, ie Windows 7. If you do not have a liscence for it ie are not under a VL aggrement then you will need to use the Windows 7 key and activate the servers manually.
You will need at least 5 servers or 25 workstations to attempt to activate before it will activate the liscence pool and allow them to activate. This counts Vista clients also.
Last edited by SYNACK; 22nd January 2010 at 11:48 PM.
Thanks to SYNACK from:
dirtydog (23rd January 2010)
23rd January 2010, 12:12 AM #4
I think we are using our Windows 2008 Data center to activate that and anything below - thanks for the links.
Originally Posted by SYNACK
28th January 2010, 05:34 PM #5
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You need to use your KMS key on your windows server
To activate windows 7 I believe you need to be running windows server 2008 R2
Use slmgr.vbs to activate the kms key on the server
This creates an entry in your domain dns under _tcp VLMCS I think its called which points your clients to the activation server. Only use the KMS key on 1 server
It will need to "see" 25 unique clients before it will fully activate them
1st February 2010, 12:57 PM #6
A guide i wrote AAAAGES ago, still fully relevant apart from you need to use a 2008R2 Datacentre key on Server 2008 R2, or have installed the KMS Update for Server 2003 / 2008.
Vista, WDS and Key Management Service (KMS)
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