Windows 8 activation on domain network with VAMT 3 (6.2.9200.0) hosted on 2008 R2.
This could probably go in a number of different forums, but as the main issue is with Windows 8 Pro, I have posted here. Please feel free to move / duplicate to Server 2008, if that is a better place for it.
I am trying to activate a Windows 8 Pro machine on our domain network.
In preparation for Win 8, I had already found out about the requirement to upgrade VAMT from 2 to 3 and I have downloaded the ADK and installed VAMT 3 (v6.2.9200.0) on the required 2008 R2 server with SQL 2008.
This was a straight forward process and the VAMT service is running. I have installed all of my required keys, of which VAMT is quite happy with.
I have also installed KB2757817, which is required when running VAMT 3 on 2008 R2.
I ran slmgr /dlv to check that the server was running correctly and got an active response.
VAMT has found lots of existing Windows 7 pcs and Office 14 which have been set against the KMS keys that we have been provided with. This tells me that the KMS service is running happily.
To make sure I have looked at the Server Manager Event Logs. The KMS log shows lots of Event 12290, where the server is finding machines on the network, however the Windows 8 pcs in these events are returning an error code of 0xC004F042 in their data but, the Windows 7 pcs return 0x0 in their data.
The VAMT log on the server shows an error event 1000 VAMT Runtime.
Data for this is:
<Data>Error while updating products: System.Runtime.InteropServices.COMException (0x800706BA): The RPC server is unavailable. (Exception from HRESULT: 0x800706BA) at System.Runtime.InteropServices.Marshal.ThrowExcept ionForHRInternal(Int32 errorCode, IntPtr errorInfo) at System.Management.ManagementScope.InitializeGuts(O bject o) at System.Management.ManagementScope.Initialize() at System.Management.ManagementScope.Connect() at Microsoft.Licensing.VolumeActivation.WmiConnection .Connect() at Microsoft.Licensing.VolumeActivation.UpdateProduct sProvider.RefreshMachineGenericInformation() at Microsoft.Licensing.VolumeActivation.UpdateProduct sProvider.UpdateProducts() on machine using credential</Data>
On the Windows 8 pc, I have run the slmgr /dlv, which tells me that the Product key ends: J8CK4, however my KMS key on the server ends: FKQW7. This report also says that I need to run slmgr /ato to activate the machine? (Doesn't this defeat the point of a KMS server if each machine has to be activated individually?)
The KMS log on the PC is empty. The application log however, contains the following:-
Information event ID 12288 - The client has sent an activation request. (The data for this shows the IP address of the VAMT server, so its trying to talk to the right server.)
Information event ID 1003 - The software protection service has completed licensing status check.
Error event ID 8198 - License Activation (slui.exe) failed with the following error code: hr=0xC004F074.
As our network has its own Firewall, I have turned off the firewall on all internal machines on the domain so there should not be any restrictions on any network services or protocols.
The RPC service is running on both the server and the Windows 8 PC.
As you can see, this is becoming a little frustrating, especially as the VAMT server is functioning fine with all of the Windows 7 and 2008 machines on the domain.
I have looked over the internet for any existing support or documents regarding this, but most point at upgrading to the 6.2.9200 version of VAMT, which I am already running.
Any assistance you may be able to offer would be much appreciated.