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KMS VS MAK

    Question

  • i bought 3 server new and also windows server 2012R2 with 3 license and when open Microsoft for download license i found that

    1- KMS license

    2 MAK license

    my question is : i want put license on my servers one time no change  
    Thursday, April 03, 2014 8:21 AM

Answers

  • Tamer,

    A Multiple Activation Key (MAK) requires computers to connect one time to a Microsoft activation server. Once computers are activated, no further communication with Microsoft is required. There are two activation methods for MAK:


    •MAK Independent Activation: Each computer individually connects to Microsoft via the web or telephone to complete activation.


    •MAK Proxy Activation:  This method uses the Volume Activation Management Tool (VAMT). One centralized activation request is made on behalf of multiple computers with one connection to Microsoft online or by telephone. Note: VAMT enables IT professionals to automate and centrally manage the volume activation process using a MAK.

    MAKs allow a predetermined number of activations. This number depends on the type of agreement you have. The number of activations can be revised (at the request of the customer or of Microsoft) to accommodate your regular usage.
    You can find the number of activations remaining on a MAK by going to the "Volume Licensing Service Center" (VLSC) or by using the  Volume Activation Management Tool (VAMT). If the existing activation limit on your MAK is inadequate for your deployment, contact the Microsoft Activation Center

    The Key Management Service (KMS) is an activation service that allows organizations to activate systems within their own network, eliminating the need for individual computers to connect to Microsoft for product activation. It does not require a dedicated system and can be easily co-hosted on a system that provides other services.

    KMS requires a minimum number of either physical or virtual computers in a network environment. These minimums, called activation thresholds, are set so that they are easily met by Enterprise customers.


    •Activation Thresholds for Windows – Your organization must have at least five (5) computers to activate servers running Windows Server 2008, Windows Server 2008 R2, or Windows Server 2012 and at least twenty-five (25) computers to activate client systems running Windows Vista, Windows 7, or Windows 8.


    •Activation Thresholds for Office – Your organization must have at least five (5) computers running Office 2013, Project 2013, Visio 2013, Office 2010, Project 2010, or Visio 2010 to activate installed Office products using KMS. For more information about Volume Activation of Office products, see the  Volume Activation Quick Start Guide for Office 2010 and  Volume Activation Overview for Office 2010.


    You can use any of them depending on your infrastructure and requirements but MAK activation is used usually in smaller organizations and KMS for large enterprises.


    Thursday, April 03, 2014 9:33 AM

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  • Hi,

    Kindly follow below mentioned link. Hope so you will get answer.

    http://social.technet.microsoft.com/Forums/windowsserver/en-US/a74c0e24-d97b-41ce-897c-18afa2284b6f/kms-vs-mac-activation


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    Thursday, April 03, 2014 8:49 AM
  • Tamer,

    A Multiple Activation Key (MAK) requires computers to connect one time to a Microsoft activation server. Once computers are activated, no further communication with Microsoft is required. There are two activation methods for MAK:


    •MAK Independent Activation: Each computer individually connects to Microsoft via the web or telephone to complete activation.


    •MAK Proxy Activation:  This method uses the Volume Activation Management Tool (VAMT). One centralized activation request is made on behalf of multiple computers with one connection to Microsoft online or by telephone. Note: VAMT enables IT professionals to automate and centrally manage the volume activation process using a MAK.

    MAKs allow a predetermined number of activations. This number depends on the type of agreement you have. The number of activations can be revised (at the request of the customer or of Microsoft) to accommodate your regular usage.
    You can find the number of activations remaining on a MAK by going to the "Volume Licensing Service Center" (VLSC) or by using the  Volume Activation Management Tool (VAMT). If the existing activation limit on your MAK is inadequate for your deployment, contact the Microsoft Activation Center

    The Key Management Service (KMS) is an activation service that allows organizations to activate systems within their own network, eliminating the need for individual computers to connect to Microsoft for product activation. It does not require a dedicated system and can be easily co-hosted on a system that provides other services.

    KMS requires a minimum number of either physical or virtual computers in a network environment. These minimums, called activation thresholds, are set so that they are easily met by Enterprise customers.


    •Activation Thresholds for Windows – Your organization must have at least five (5) computers to activate servers running Windows Server 2008, Windows Server 2008 R2, or Windows Server 2012 and at least twenty-five (25) computers to activate client systems running Windows Vista, Windows 7, or Windows 8.


    •Activation Thresholds for Office – Your organization must have at least five (5) computers running Office 2013, Project 2013, Visio 2013, Office 2010, Project 2010, or Visio 2010 to activate installed Office products using KMS. For more information about Volume Activation of Office products, see the  Volume Activation Quick Start Guide for Office 2010 and  Volume Activation Overview for Office 2010.


    You can use any of them depending on your infrastructure and requirements but MAK activation is used usually in smaller organizations and KMS for large enterprises.


    Thursday, April 03, 2014 9:33 AM