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    No Start Screen customising via GPO if you are on an EES licence? [Solved]

    Hi,

    Hopefully this is not a duplicate topic. My impression is that the new Start screen control in Windows 8.1 will only be available on the Enterprise edition, and our EES licence will only give us the Pro edition. I can only hope this is a mistake, because paying for an EES academic licence and then to hear your not getting one of the features our environment requires is very concerning.

    Unfortunately I'm in the position of wanting to prep some Windows 8 hybrid laptops and get them in use asap. I held back for 8.1 knowing how much simpler it was going to make the deployment.

    Any one have further insight?


    https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/wind...e/default.aspx

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    dosent ees cover enterprise thats what all my ees covered schools run?

    if it helps it definitely runs in enterprise i have a few pcs running it in a school as a test (dual boot to win7 win8.1 is a vhd) but have not tried it on pro

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    Well to be clear, we have the Microsoft Open Value Subscription-Education Solutions Agreement which is the EES offering for small to medium academic customers - to use their words. On the Microsoft licensing website we only have the Pro edition of Windows 7 and windows 8. This didn't used to be the case, but I think it must have been when we changed to the EES licence.

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    We have Enterprise on all 4 EES licences i am the Administrator for, it could just be an error, phone up Microsoft Licensing help desk. I could not see server 2012 Standard last week on 1 account yet could access the data centre edition was a glitch they fixed.

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    We have the OVS EES scheme here and to get the enterprise version you have to activate the benefit under software assurance. That's what we did here

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    Yup - check under the Software Assurance link - it doesn't show under 'Windows'!

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    Thanks for the replies, I hope you are right!

    I've had a quick look on the Software Assurance part of the site and can only see Windows 7, not 8 or 8.1. Although if it's not under 'Windows' as you say 3s-gtech, then maybe I'm in the wrong place.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tricky View Post
    Thanks for the replies, I hope you are right!

    I've had a quick look on the Software Assurance part of the site and can only see Windows 7, not 8 or 8.1. Although if it's not under 'Windows' as you say 3s-gtech, then maybe I'm in the wrong place.
    it wont appear as such till 18th august but the keys are there somewhere under licensing tab

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    Download 8.1 Enterprise through TechNet and use the 2012 R2 KMS key on VLSC to activate.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Arthur View Post
    Download 8.1 Enterprise through TechNet and use the 2012 R2 KMS key on VLSC to activate.
    can you use 2008r2 or 2012r1 as a kms host for 8.1? if so how?

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    Software Assurance gives you access to the Enterprise installers as mentioned above.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sted View Post
    can you use 2008r2 or 2012r1 as a kms host for 8.1? if so how?
    Unfortunately not. I tried the 2012 R2 key on a KMS host running Server 2012 but it didn't work. We'll probably have to wait for a hotfix to be released like last time (or create a 2012 R2 VM in the interim).

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    Quote Originally Posted by Arthur View Post
    Unfortunately not. I tried the 2012 R2 key on a KMS host running Server 2012 but it didn't work. We'll probably have to wait for a hotfix to be released like last time (or create a 2012 R2 VM in the interim).
    win8.1 vm would be easier i suspect and less drain if all its doing is kms

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    Quote Originally Posted by sted View Post
    win8.1 vm would be easier i suspect and less drain if all its doing is kms
    With 2012 R2, you have the advantage of removing the GUI.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Arthur View Post
    With 2012 R2, you have the advantage of removing the GUI.
    and the disadvantage of having no gui though granted for just kms not much of an issue

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