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Does KMS and active directory based activations send data about licensing to Microsoft?

    Question

  • Is the licensing host aware about the number of License I am entitled to or can it activate an unlimited number of clients? Please provide an official document supporting your answer.

    Thanks.


    Irfan Goolab SALES ENGINEER (Microsoft UC) MCP, MCSA, MCTS, MCITP, MCT

    Wednesday, July 31, 2013 7:33 PM

Answers

  • Neither KMS nor ADBA have any ability/awareness of the quantity of licenses you are entitled to.
    VA is an activation service,it is not a licensing compliance service.
    Once KMS or ADBA are implemented and activated, neither method performs any further communication of information/data to MS. KMS/ADBA are unlimited (as to quantity of activations issuable).
    There is no MS documentation I've ever found (and I have worked on this specialty for many years now), so I can't provide citation, only many years of experience.

    i'd also suggest that there is no official documentation addressing the specific topic, since MS tend to limit their risk by taking an "omission-based" approach. (i.e. they simply don't talk to a topic, and in doing so, limit the potential for exposure/exploitation).

    there is plenty of evidence around the web, that there are illegal means to circumvent the implemented controls (such as KMS emulators and so on)

    You can (as I have, numerous times) read the MS documentation http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/ff719787.aspx


    Don
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    • Marked as answer by Irfan Goolab Thursday, August 01, 2013 9:02 AM
    Wednesday, July 31, 2013 9:47 PM

All replies

  • Hello,

    your official license status is on al official Microsoft statements you got when buying your amount of Volume licenses.

    If you use more then the bought licenses this is of course NOT allowed.

    As you can see in http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc303276.aspx#_Key_Management_Service the KMS host need a connection with Microsoft via phone or internet for activation http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/ff793416.aspx.

    "Appendix 1:  Information Sent to Microsoft During Activation

    Microsoft uses the information collected during activation to confirm that you have a licensed copy of the software. The information is then aggregated for statistical analysis. Microsoft does not use the information to identify you or contact you. For more information about the information captured during activation and the use of that data by Microsoft, see the Windows Vista Privacy Statement at http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkID=52526http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=52526.

    During MAK activation and KMS host activation, the following information is sent to Microsoft:

    • Product key
    • Edition of the operating system and the channel from which it was obtained
    • Current date
    • License and activation condition
    • Hardware ID hash, a non-unique number that cannot be reverse engineered
    • Language settings
    • IP address, used only for verifying the location of the request"


    Best regards

    Meinolf Weber
    MVP, MCP, MCTS
    Microsoft MVP - Directory Services
    My Blog: http://msmvps.com/blogs/mweber/

    Disclaimer: This posting is provided AS IS with no warranties or guarantees and confers no rights.

    Wednesday, July 31, 2013 8:12 PM
  • Neither KMS nor ADBA have any ability/awareness of the quantity of licenses you are entitled to.
    VA is an activation service,it is not a licensing compliance service.
    Once KMS or ADBA are implemented and activated, neither method performs any further communication of information/data to MS. KMS/ADBA are unlimited (as to quantity of activations issuable).
    There is no MS documentation I've ever found (and I have worked on this specialty for many years now), so I can't provide citation, only many years of experience.

    i'd also suggest that there is no official documentation addressing the specific topic, since MS tend to limit their risk by taking an "omission-based" approach. (i.e. they simply don't talk to a topic, and in doing so, limit the potential for exposure/exploitation).

    there is plenty of evidence around the web, that there are illegal means to circumvent the implemented controls (such as KMS emulators and so on)

    You can (as I have, numerous times) read the MS documentation http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/ff719787.aspx


    Don
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    • Marked as answer by Irfan Goolab Thursday, August 01, 2013 9:02 AM
    Wednesday, July 31, 2013 9:47 PM