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Windows Server 2008 R2 Thread, KMS Questions in Technical; Good moaning, Just a few queries regarding KMS. Is every KMS client ment to publish an SRV in DNS or ...
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    KMS Questions

    Good moaning,

    Just a few queries regarding KMS.

    Is every KMS client ment to publish an SRV in DNS or just the KMS Server?

    Also am i right to belive that as quoted by angry technician;

    There are generic VLK keys you enter for use with KMS. You will find them about 1/2 to 2/3 of the way down this page. The page also describes how to use the slmgr.vbs script included with Windows to manage the entire activation system, including switching from MAK to KMS.
    To revert a client activated with MAK you need to run SLMGR /IPK GenericActivationKey

    Thanks once again guys!


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    Sounds like you have acitivated kms server on all your clients. You don't need to do anything at all on the clients if the kms server is setup correctly. Provided you have not entered a MAK code in the imaging process. But even then sysprep would strip that out.

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    Just the KMS server needs the DNS records, this is what the KMS clients use to find the server to ask it for activation.

    Yes the /IPK switch will set the key and if you use the generic one it will then look for the KMS server when it needs to activate. If you are able to use Windows 7 Enterprise then this comes preactivated with the generic key so it will automaticly look to KMS without the extra step.

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    Thanks guys,

    Looks like i have enabled kms on a few clients then.

    would it just be a matter of running slmgr /upk on the ones that shouldnt be hosts?

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    You will probably need to use /upk to remove the kms server key from the station then /ipk {generic kms} to point them back at a KMS server.

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    Also delete the SRV records, not sure if they will disappear by themselves.

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    thanks for your help,
    GOnna go and try that now.

    Going to build a new image today and start rolling out more clients over the next few days and hopefully get the count up to 25.

    Just need to get out of the habbit of building thick images with sysprep

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    Quote Originally Posted by jsnetman View Post
    Also delete the SRV records, not sure if they will disappear by themselves.
    They don't if you just use /ipk, there is another switch that removes the dns records that you must use before /ipk to remove them, I find it easier just to remove them manually in DNS.

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    Im just about to setup a KMS host on 2008R2 so my Windows 7 clients can activate and was wondering, when i am setup up the KMS host, do i enter the KMS Client setup key for windows 7 or or Server 2008R2?
    Surely as i want windows 7 clients to authentcate, this would be the key to enter?

    Thanks

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    The keys activate up to the level of product specified so if you use the Server 2008R2 key it will be able to activate both 7 and 2k8r2, if you use the 7 one it will only be able to activate Windows 7. If you have any volume liscences for Server 2008 R2 then I would use that key.

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    Thanks Synack!! What if i we have a MAK instead of KMS for windows 7? Can this be converted?

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    If you have more than 25 copies of Windows 7 under your agreement then you will have KMS keys, you would need to get these off your aggreement supplier or prefferably you should have access to the MVLS site for your agreement and you can get it from there. There is not a way to convert the key itself as it is just a different key for the same liscence but designed to authenticat with Microsoft directly rather than via a KMS server.

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    Cool. I will check that i definatly have them. Finally, how to you get the clients to activate on builds? is there something you have to put in the unattend answer file or will the clients do it automatically?

    Thanks

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    Depends on the version of Windows 7 your using if you have a volume account you should be using Enterprise which has some rather useful extra features including being preconfigured to look to a KMS server automaticlly. If for some reason you are not using Enterprise but have access to it, start using Enterprise.

    But anyway if you have some Business stations you will need to configure them with the KMS client key KMS Client Setup Keys when deploying them which will also make these look to a KMS server. You would also use this method to convert any machines activated with a MAK key to KMS server by simply changing the key in the computer properties to a KMS client one.

    When configured with a KMS client key the computer will try finding and activating with a KMS server every so often, if it can't find one you still have a 30 day grace period before it gets stroppy and starts winging to users.

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    Gonna hijack this thread, but its related..

    Does Office 2010 need a KMS key or should it just activate automatically over KMS after the 5?

    My recent bunch of images dont seem to be activating automatically and im just wondering if Ive neglected to put in a KMS key

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