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Windows Server 2008 R2 Thread, KMS Setup in Technical; Hi all, Looking for some information on KMS. We got our volume licencing now and we are trying to get ...
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    KMS Setup

    Hi all,

    Looking for some information on KMS. We got our volume licencing now and we are trying to get our heads around KMS.

    We got office 2010 key in. (we 5 installs.... we done 2 so far)
    Just looking for someone to put OS Keys?

    We installed VMAT on one of our servers and now stuck...

    Thanks for any help

    Newp

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    I was looking into this the other day as i am awaiting my agreement being approved and found this:
    PeteNetLive - KB0000582 - Using KMS Server For Windows Server 2008 R2, Windows 7, and Office 2010

    not sure how accurate it is but seems to have all the info

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    Needs to include server 2012 r2 and 8.1

    Thats the problem. We run a 2003 scheme still. Although 90% of our pcs are now windows 7.

    And we only got 1 server on 2012. (Not r2)

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    Anyone its driving me round the bend....

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    You dont need KMS - you could do it all via VAMT.

    Have you installed KMS on 2003 server? Where exactly are you stuck?

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    Quote Originally Posted by fiza View Post
    You dont need KMS - you could do it all via VAMT.

    Have you installed KMS on 2003 server? Where exactly are you stuck?
    We have installed VMAT on a 2008 RC2 box...

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    Quote Originally Posted by newpersn View Post
    We have installed VMAT on a 2008 RC2 box...
    Ok so on which bit are you stuck?

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    Entering OS keys.

    We got office 2010 key in, (although the count is only 2 installs)

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    Where would we stand with Windows 8(.1) and server 2012?

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    Our network here is still 2003 based, the KMS is run on a 2008R2 server doing our KMS for Office 2010 and Windows 7.
    im not using VMAT.

    Office 2010 IIRC needs 15 registrations for the activation limit to be reached, windows is 5 and then the KMS will auto register/activate clients.

    you also need to make sure your adding the correct KMS key type to the KMS host
    Last edited by SHimmer45; 6th November 2013 at 11:19 AM.

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    easiest way of getting kms up and running if you have 2003 is probably find a pc install windows 8.1 on it. Use your vlk code on that and that will become your kms server for all client versions of windows (if you have a kms key for server 2012r2 install that on a pc just if its a poor pc dont give it anything else to do) then just do the office "patches" on the same pc (even easier if you can do it as a vm ive got a win8 one here as i dont have a kms code for a server grade os)

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    Quote Originally Posted by SHimmer45 View Post
    Our network here is still 2003 based, the KMS is run on a 2008R2 server doing our KMS for Office 2010 and Windows 7.
    im not using VMAT.

    Office 2010 IIRC needs 15 registrations for the activation limit to be reached, windows is 5 and then the KMS will auto register/activate clients.

    you also need to make sure your adding the correct KMS key type to the KMS host
    You're using KMS but not using VAMT? how are you managing your KMS setup?

    We're running VAMT 3.1 to run our KMS setup. a nice update as it is now a SQL backend which makes the tool a lot more useful.

    To answer the OP....

    You activate your KMS server, and you install the KMS license keys for Office\Windows etc. At no point are the actual OS keys exposed to you. You will require a DNS service record entry so that devices know where to locate the KMS server. After which the licensing should be an automatic process.

    In saying that, you can do this process manually from the KMS server.

    1) Discover the device
    2) Right click a device and click "Install product key"
    3) Select "Automatically select a KMS client key(GVLK)
    4) Once complete right click the device again and Activate and choose volume activate
    5) Right click once more and update device status which should now show as licensed

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    i run slmgr.vbs and the required options to check the count and what keys are installed/add additional keys etc
    using VMAT was something i was looking at using but havent got round to it currently (as the currently setup works nicely)

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    Quote Originally Posted by SHimmer45 View Post
    i run slmgr.vbs and the required options to check the count and what keys are installed/add additional keys etc
    using VMAT was something i was looking at using but havent got round to it currently (as the currently setup works nicely)
    Ah ok, well VAMT doesn't replace slmgr.vbs it essentially just a gui version. A hell of a lot easier if you ever have to right documentation for new members of staff to follow (they seem to like gui screenshots)



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