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    Office 2010 needs its own KMS key and has its own KMS server extention that you download from the same place as the install media in MVLS. When you install it, it will prompt for the Office 2010 KMS key and then once you hit five copies it will activate them. Just remember in 2008R2 it does not open the firewall port automaticly when this is installed so you may need to go and enable the open KMS ports rule in the firewall. This particular trick wasted a good 20 minutes of my time to figure out.

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    The office 2010 KMS addon was added to our existing 2008r2 KMS Server that was setup for Windows 7, and im pretty sure its been working on the first and second bunch of rollouts Ive done in the last few weeks.. it just seems this latest batch of 30 or so Im about to deploy warn they arent activated.. I was just wondering if I had to put a key into the actual office instlal or anything?

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    No, no need to enter a key, as long as you are using volume media for 2010 pro plus then it will look to a KMS server automaticly.

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    aye, same media for all.. wierd.. Maybe theyve just not been switched on long enough to activarte.. Ive only really turned them on to install sophos and thats it.. IS there a command to force it to activate like there is for Win7 ?

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    Yes you can force it:
    Windows 7 & Windows Vista Computers

    Run the Command Prompt as an Administrator, located in the Start Menu --> All Programs --> Accessories. To run as an Administrator, right-click on the Command Prompt icon and select "Run as Administrator."
    Once at the command prompt, change your directory to the Office14 directory:

    cd "C:\Program Files\Microsoft Office\Office14\"

    Type the following command and then press Enter to manually tell the PC where to look for the KMS service:

    cscript ospp.vbs /sethst:your.kms.server.local

    After confirmation that the KMS server has been manually entered, type this command and press Return to force activation immediately:

    cscript ospp.vbs /act
    How do I register my Faculty/Staff copy of Office Professional Plus 2010? Do I need a license code?

    I just restart the machine and then open and close an Office app a couple of times, seems to do the trick. There is at least a 30 day grace period for activation so I would just make sure that your activation system is still working then leave the rest to do themselves. The KMS bit of office does report what its up to in the event log also so its worth a check in there to see what is going on. That is what I used to check, have never had to force an activation though.

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    Awesome help as usuall... cheers

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    I bought 60 Windows 7 Licences from a reseller and they gave me a licence key. Would this just be a MAK key? if it is, how do i obatin a KMS key?

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    It turns out that they had given me the MAK key not the KMS key so got them to send the KMS key for 2008r2 and windows 7.
    Would i have to change the product key of the server to the 2008r2 KMS key as well as entering the same key when setting up the KMS?

    Thanks

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    Quote Originally Posted by techie08 View Post
    It turns out that they had given me the MAK key not the KMS key so got them to send the KMS key for 2008r2 and windows 7.
    Would i have to change the product key of the server to the 2008r2 KMS key as well as entering the same key when setting up the KMS?
    If you are using the 2008 server as your KMS server then you will definatly need to use the KMS key to enable it to hand out keys to other computers. When you give the 2008r2 server a KMS key it automaticly sets it up as a KMS server. If you are using a different system as the KMS server then you don't need to change it unless you have four more 2008r2 servers that you need to activate via KMS.
    Last edited by SYNACK; 30th June 2010 at 08:59 PM.

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