Monday, May 07, 2012 11:31 PMMy organization has a few hundred systems we are looking at getting office 2010 for but they are all leased for no more than three years and we are constantly replacing them in a continous cycle. Would we be able to reuse the activations as the systems are replaced or would we quickly run out of activations after we install office on them all and the next batch is replaced shortly after. Some if not all would have to use MAK activation. If we use KMS or VAMT is there a way to deactivate systems that we no longer have?
Tuesday, May 08, 2012 10:25 AM
in general, Volume Licensing agreements permit you to re-assign your entitlements from one pc to another pc (90 days between re-assignments), so as pc's leave your organisation and new pc's enter your organisation you simply un-assign and re-assign (re-allocate) as needed.
Assigning/allocating is a notional (records only) task, there is no technical work involved.
KMS is an on-premises activation technology which has no limits, a KMShost server will activate an unlimited number of KMSclients.
For MAK, each MAK product key has a defined number of activations, and you would typically be given an MAK which permits many more activations than you are licensed for, so that you can re-assign/re-allocate several times over.
It is not possible to deactivate/recover activations. If you exhaust your MAK activations you can request additional activations from MS, and it is reasonable that you would do so if you replace/refresh a lot of pc's.
Note that each time you renew your VL agreement you would typically be issued with new VL product keys, which will have zero consumed activations.