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Windows 8 and KMS

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  • What version of KMS is needed to activate Windows 8 Installations ?

    Monday, March 05, 2012 3:24 PM

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  • If you used the key for installing Windows 8 from Microsoft, it should automatically activate your copy. I doubt that Microsoft is giving out KMS keys for Windows to use on your KMS Server yet.

    However, I am fairly sure that your existing version of KMS on Windows server 2008 R2 and above should work once Microsoft starts giving out KMS keys.


    -Sumeeth


    Monday, March 05, 2012 7:47 PM
  • BTW, I noticed a new feature/role in Windows Server 8 called "Volume Activation Services". I think this is pretty much what the next version of KMS might be called.

    -Sumeeth

    Monday, March 05, 2012 8:23 PM
  • I wrote some material on Activation in Windows 8, its located here: http://www.microsoft.com/download/en/details.aspx?id=29014


    --Joseph [MSFT] http://blogs.technet.com/b/joscon/

    Monday, March 05, 2012 10:39 PM
  • Thanks for all Feedbacks and the link. But always I'm confused a little bit.

    Actually we use KMS Version 1.2 (KB 968915) on a Windows Server 2003 R2 SP2 and it works fine for Windows Server 2008 R2 and Windows 7.

    Now I have to know, if I must upgrade the KMS Service (Host) to a new server to activate Windows 8 Installations ? If yes, is it possible to install the KMS Host Service on a Windows Server 2008 R2 or must be installed on a Windows 8 Server (may be with the Volume Activation Service Server Role) ?

    Thanks for your help.

    Tuesday, March 06, 2012 10:29 AM
  • That's a good how to paper for deploying AD activation on WIn8 Server. Thanks. Now can anyone answer the original questions:

    Is KMS activation supported for win8 client CP?

    Is there a volume license version of win8 client CP? 


    Mark Roddy Windows Driver and OS consultant www.hollistech.com

    Friday, March 30, 2012 3:21 PM
  • There are no CSVLKs for CP available externally. 


    --Joseph [MSFT] http://blogs.technet.com/b/joscon/

    Friday, March 30, 2012 9:03 PM
  • That's unfortunate. We deploy windows VMs as part of our product, and volume license keys are essential to the way we manage those images. This makes it rather difficult to test win8 client prior to release with our product.

    Will future betas provide volume license key versions? Or is it foolish to even ask that question and expect anyone to answer?


    Mark Roddy Windows Driver and OS consultant www.hollistech.com

    Friday, March 30, 2012 9:13 PM
  • No foolish to ask at all, I just cant provide you with an answer because I dont know.

    --Joseph [MSFT] http://blogs.technet.com/b/joscon/

    Friday, March 30, 2012 9:19 PM
  • Is 'Windows 8 Pro' Edition compatible with KMS ? Where can we find the KMS Client Setup Keys?

    Thanks

    Monday, August 13, 2012 3:45 PM
  • There will be a volume license variant of Windows 8 Professional that can be purchased through the licensing portal.  The CSVLK required to configure KMS for these clients can also be procured there, similar to Windows 8 Enterprise.

    --Joseph [MSFT] http://blogs.technet.com/b/joscon/


    Monday, August 13, 2012 3:50 PM
  • When do CSVLK keys become available anyone knows? Also will windows 8 be included in Windows server 2012 CSVLK similarly how Windows 7 is in CSVLK for Windows Server 2008 R2?

    Thanks in advance.

    Thursday, August 16, 2012 6:12 PM
  • Your key should be available in the volume licensing portal.  Mine was as of a couple of hours ago.  Look under Software Assurance on the left hand side after you click on Downloads and Media.
    Thursday, August 16, 2012 8:50 PM
  • This blog post walks you through getting your KMS ready if you have a Windows 2008 R2 based one.

    http://workinghardinit.wordpress.com/2012/08/17/windows-server-2012-kms-service-activation/

    Hope this helps,

    Didier Van Hoye

    http://workinghardinit.wordpress.com

    Friday, August 24, 2012 2:21 PM
  • There will be a volume license variant of Windows 8 Professional that can be purchased through the licensing portal.  The CSVLK required to configure KMS for these clients can also be procured there, similar to Windows 8 Enterprise.

    --Joseph [MSFT] http://blogs.technet.com/b/joscon/


    Please clarify...  So is there a Win8 version of these setup keys (see below) we used for Vista and Win7?

    Because Win8 now REQUIRES a key for installation and will no longer let you pick skip as Win7/Vista did.  What we are trying to figure out is: What is the equivalent to the way it worked in Vista/Win7?

    KMS Client Keys published here: http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/ff793421.aspx

    Win7: FJ82H-XT6CR-J8D7P-XQJJ2-GPDD4

    WinVista: YFKBB-PQJJV-G996G-VWGXY-2V3X8

    Win8:?

    To clarify from our side, unless something has changed, the keys available in the licensing portal are the keys that go on the server.  When we set this up for Vista/Win7 -because this stuff is clear as mud - we accidentally started using that key on our clients and it caused a mess that took weeks to fix...  If this process is different now for Win8, there should be a KB titled: Win8 KMS client key works different than it did before!

    • Edited by AMR-1 Friday, August 24, 2012 2:46 PM
    Friday, August 24, 2012 2:25 PM
  • Two things here.  First, Windows 8 volume license media does not require a key during the installation process, only the retail keys do.  Second, Yes, there are Windows 8 GVLKs (the keys above).  I'll see if I can find out where those are being published and report back.

    --Joseph [MSFT] http://blogs.technet.com/b/joscon/

    • Proposed as answer by AMR-1 Friday, August 24, 2012 2:56 PM
    Friday, August 24, 2012 2:46 PM
  • Two things here.  First, Windows 8 volume license media does not require a key during the installation process, only the retail keys do.  Second, Yes, there are Windows 8 GVLKs (the keys above).  I'll see if I can find out where those are being published and report back.

    --Joseph [MSFT] http://blogs.technet.com/b/joscon/


    Thanks for the quick reply.  Just FYI, I downloaded Win8Pro from our MVLS portal and Win8Ent from our MSDN portal and both ask for a key when installing.
    Friday, August 24, 2012 2:53 PM
  • Thanks, I'll look into that as well.  I don't use the MVLS media here internally so I'll find some and confirm.  As for the keys, I just heard back that they're in the pipeline for publication and should be out "soon".  I don't know what that means exactly but we know about the problem and should have them out shortly.  Thanks for reporting this AMR.

    --Joseph [MSFT] http://blogs.technet.com/b/joscon/

    Friday, August 24, 2012 3:05 PM
  • AMR;

    Do you have the name of the ISO you're downloading?  I just had someone try this with MVLS media and we weren't prompted for a product key.


    --Joseph [MSFT] http://blogs.technet.com/b/joscon/

    Friday, August 24, 2012 3:51 PM
  • AMR;

    Do you have the name of the ISO you're downloading?  I just had someone try this with MVLS media and we weren't prompted for a product key.


    --Joseph [MSFT] http://blogs.technet.com/b/joscon/

    We rename them to something intelligible like Win8Pro-64bit.iso :) , but i'll track down the original names and reply here.

    • Edited by AMR-1 Monday, August 27, 2012 10:17 PM
    Friday, August 24, 2012 4:25 PM
  • Win8Pro-64bit - SW_DVD5_Win_Pro_8_64BIT_English_MLF_X18-#####.iso

    Win8Ent-64bit - en_windows_8_enterprise_x64_dvd_XXXXXX.iso

     I replaced the last 5/6 digits incase they are specific to our org.

    I have my staff testing again just to verify, but the first time we tried on both - when we pick custom fresh installs (wipe all partitions, etc) - it is asking us for a key...

     Win7 would let you click continue without a key and then the enterprise media would automatically slmgr -ato for you after the first reboot.


    • Edited by AMR-1 Monday, August 27, 2012 10:15 PM
    Monday, August 27, 2012 10:14 PM
  • Has anyone worked out if we can use our KMS servers now to activate Windows 8 Enterprise machines? I have a KMS key, just no information as to KMS activation.

    Thanks

    Thursday, August 30, 2012 12:33 PM
  • Please see my ealier reply repeated below unless I misunderstand your needs?

    This blog post walks you through getting your KMS ready if you have a Windows 2008 R2 based one.

    http://workinghardinit.wordpress.com/2012/08/17/windows-server-2012-kms-service-activation/

    Hope this helps,

    Didier Van Hoye

    http://workinghardinit.wordpress.com

    Thursday, August 30, 2012 12:44 PM
  • Please see my ealier reply repeated below unless I misunderstand your needs?

    This blog post walks you through getting your KMS ready if you have a Windows 2008 R2 based one.

    http://workinghardinit.wordpress.com/2012/08/17/windows-server-2012-kms-service-activation/

    Hope this helps,

    Didier Van Hoye

    http://workinghardinit.wordpress.com

    Not sure how I missed that, thanks. We are looking to set this up. Will let everyone know how it goes.

    Thanks,

    Jeremy

    Thursday, August 30, 2012 4:50 PM
  • There will be a volume license variant of Windows 8 Professional that can be purchased through the licensing portal.  The CSVLK required to configure KMS for these clients can also be procured there, similar to Windows 8 Enterprise.


    --Joseph [MSFT] http://blogs.technet.com/b/joscon/


    Please clarify...  So is there a Win8 version of these setup keys (see below) we used for Vista and Win7?

    Because Win8 now REQUIRES a key for installation and will no longer let you pick skip as Win7/Vista did.  What we are trying to figure out is: What is the equivalent to the way it worked in Vista/Win7?

    KMS Client Keys published here: http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/ff793421.aspx

    Win7: FJ82H-XT6CR-J8D7P-XQJJ2-GPDD4

    WinVista: YFKBB-PQJJV-G996G-VWGXY-2V3X8

    Win8:?

    To clarify from our side, unless something has changed, the keys available in the licensing portal are the keys that go on the server.  When we set this up for Vista/Win7 -because this stuff is clear as mud - we accidentally started using that key on our clients and it caused a mess that took weeks to fix...  If this process is different now for Win8, there should be a KB titled: Win8 KMS client key works different than it did before!


    Did you get the default Win8 KMS Client keys?
    Friday, August 31, 2012 12:57 PM
  • No, I'm not sure of the timeframe for publication, just that they're in the works.

    --Joseph [MSFT] http://blogs.technet.com/b/joscon/

    Friday, August 31, 2012 3:02 PM
  • There already embedded on to the RTM Release "What's in the works" is there a way to extract it off a different machine?
    Friday, August 31, 2012 4:08 PM
  • I was also looking for KMS client setup keys for installation purposes and I found it here:

    http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/jj612867.aspx


    cheers..uc

    • Proposed as answer by AMR-1 Wednesday, September 05, 2012 2:39 PM
    Wednesday, September 05, 2012 8:06 AM
  • Thank you! I was always coming up with the old version of the publication with only Windows 7 and 2008R2! My KMS activation works.
    • Proposed as answer by AMR-1 Wednesday, September 05, 2012 2:39 PM
    • Unproposed as answer by AMR-1 Wednesday, September 05, 2012 2:39 PM
    Wednesday, September 05, 2012 11:36 AM
  • there is an update that enables KMS with W8 and W2012: http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2757817

    • Marked as answer by Ewoki Thursday, October 18, 2012 10:11 AM
    Thursday, October 18, 2012 9:26 AM