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    If you're using a Windows Server 2008 R2 \ 2012 box for KMS you need to use the Windows Server KMS key from VLSC instead of the Windows 7 \ 8 one...

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    KMS 1.2 should be the version your on.

    I had to patch mine as we run 2003 R2 still.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gshaw View Post
    If you're using a Windows Server 2008 R2 \ 2012 box for KMS you need to use the Windows Server KMS key from VLSC instead of the Windows 7 \ 8 one...
    How does that work? In place of the Win 8 key?

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    KMS 1.2 where are you finding that information ?

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    if your trying to activate win 8 its probably easier to set up a win8 vm to be the kms host just shove the kms key in and it should work no pratting round

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    Quote Originally Posted by squeeky View Post
    KMS 1.2 where are you finding that information ?
    I think that is only relevant to server 2003, ignore it.

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    Followed that exactly still it says cannot contact activation server for windows 8 clients. Windows 8 reports that no kms is avaliable and on the same pc office says the minimum number of clients has not been reached (however that looks like it will work once i get 5). I think im doing something stupid. Its like the windows 2008 r2 server doesnt know about the windows 8 kms key so its just refusing to work. I keep reading that i need to use a 2012 key which i dont actuarly own.
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    have you had a look at the windows firewall on your server? there is an exception in there for KMS that needs to be turned on to accept KMS requests.

    here is a step by step guide that worked for me. as long as you have syspreped your windows 7/8 machines and ticked generalize it should work.

    http://ivan.dretvic.com/2011/06/how-...erver-2008-r2/

    also it becomes a host for server after the count reaches 5 but it needs to be 25 count get it to be a client host (from what i read on technet)
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    AHHH ill give this a go "if your trying to activate win 8 its probably easier to set up a win8 vm to be the kms host just shove the kms key in and it should work no pratting round"

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    Quote Originally Posted by squeeky View Post
    AHHH ill give this a go "if your trying to activate win 8 its probably easier to set up a win8 vm to be the kms host just shove the kms key in and it should work no pratting round"
    push comes to shove, deffinatly take a look at VAMT it comes as part of AIK and works with AD, you can set it to activate with MAK keys via the console so you can use that instead of KMS

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    ok i have a vm setup and activated with the windows 8 mak key. I have checked the dns entry which doesnt exist because it cant update the server dns i dont think. If I specified the kms manually using /skms it will not activate a client same error
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    HORAY !!!! IT WORKS !!!! Well to the point it now says i need more activations to make it work. Anyone know why my rearm count is 1000 ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by squeeky View Post
    HORAY !!!! IT WORKS !!!! Well to the point it now says i need more activations to make it work. Anyone know why my rearm count is 1000 ?
    is it now working with KMS? what did you do to get it working?

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    I put in a windows 8 client and used the KMS host key and then dns entries etc all just turned up automaticaly now i just need to activate 15 pcs

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