having setup the above server, coming across issuess now as i am bulk re-imaging the site to windows 7 and the machines have stopped activating with error code:
The activation server reported that the Multiple Activation Key has exceeded its limit.
i have seen the workaround but not sure what to do can anyone help please?
First double check your KMS server is setup correctly (How to troubleshoot the Key Management Service (KMS)) and activated with you KMS server key listed in the Volume Licence Service Centre. Then double check the KMS severs entries in DNS (http://www.toddlamothe.com/deploymen...kms-server.htm). This will make certain that clients are able to contact and activate against the KMS server.
Next make sure the clients are using the correct activation key:
KMS Client Setup Keys
Sounds like you put a MAK into the windows 7 setup rather than leave it with the default KMS key. Only other thing I can think of that might make a difference is are you using an OEM or VL copy of Windows?
Confused, thats the MAK key exceeding it's number of activations, you can ask MS for more on that key.
The clients won't activate against your internal kms server unless they are being installed with the relevant kms key and it doesn't sound like they are so there's your problem.
If you need to change a key on an existing installation, at a command prompt type
(that's assuming you're on Win7 enterprise, change for the relevant key from @tmcd35's link if not)
slmgr.vbs -ipk 33PXH-7Y6KF-2VJC9-XBBR8-HVTHH
That will update the key and launch activation.
There's a KMS log in Event Viewer on your server to check if the computer checked in, will be the easiest way of finding out.
But you should update your image as well to save you having to do this everytime :)