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  • I'm trying to get volume activation to work.  I've got the KMS box with Vista (SP1) set up and licensed.  The port on the KMS box is open.  DNS entries are correct.  When I attempt to activate a Vista (SP1) client, I get a 0x800706AA error, description "The endpoint format is invalid."  Any ideas about what's going on?

    Tuesday, August 12, 2008 1:38 PM

Answers

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    For Vista and Server 2008, each product has its own magic KMS activation key
    which will configure a KMS box to activate a system built from any volume
    license media version of the product. (Note that Vista is available in
    volume license media only for Business and Enterprise. For some unknown
    reason Microsoft offers Ultimate under the volume license agreements, but
    there is no volume license media for it: you have to get a single-use
    product ID and activate it just like the retail version.)

    If you hold a volume license with Microsoft for Server 2008 and/or Vista,
    you should be able to obtain the appropriate product IDs from the MVLS
    (Microsoft Volume Licensing Services) web site using the procedures you were
    given with the license paperwork. This site is also where you download the
    disk images for the volume license products.
    Tuesday, August 12, 2008 3:02 PM
  •  PatrickWSteele wrote:

    On the KMS box, I am using the "Windows Vista - KMS" key obtained from the MVLS web site.  Both the client and KMS box are running Vista Enterprise.  There are no events logged on the KMS box to indicate any attempt is being made by the client to activate.

     

    On the KMS box, "slmgr.vbs -dli" looks like this:

     

    Name: Windows(TM) Vista, Enterprise edition
    Description: Windows Operating System - Vista, VOLUME_KMS channel
    Partial Product Key: 26X8Y
    License Status: Licensed

    Key Management Service is enabled on this machine
        Current count: 0
        Listening on Port: 1688
        DNS publishing disabled
        KMS priority: Normal

    Key Management Service cumulative requests received from clients
        Total requests received: 0
        Failed requests received: 0
        Requests with License Status Unlicensed: 0
        Requests with License Status Licensed: 0
        Requests with License Status Initial grace period: 0
        Requests with License Status License expired or Hardware out of tolerance: 0

        Requests with License Status Non-genuine grace period: 0
        Requests with License Status Notification: 0

     

    Make sure the policy on the KVM box is set to record license requests in the event log. If you aren't recording the requests it could look like they cannot see the KVM box to request a license.

     

    Make sure the client machines are configured to use the correct ports and make sure the router isn't blocking that port and that a client-side firewall isn't blocking traffic on that port

    Tuesday, August 12, 2008 6:20 PM
  • So I went and double-checked my ports.  Firewalls were all okay.  So I kept going with the basics, did an nslookup.  Right away, I noticed the not-so-obvious.  In DNS, I had placed the 1688 in the 'priority' box, rather than 'port'... oops.  Put it in the right box and everything is well.  Thanks for the help.

     

    Tuesday, August 12, 2008 6:36 PM

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  •  

    For Vista and Server 2008, each product has its own magic KMS activation key
    which will configure a KMS box to activate a system built from any volume
    license media version of the product. (Note that Vista is available in
    volume license media only for Business and Enterprise. For some unknown
    reason Microsoft offers Ultimate under the volume license agreements, but
    there is no volume license media for it: you have to get a single-use
    product ID and activate it just like the retail version.)

    If you hold a volume license with Microsoft for Server 2008 and/or Vista,
    you should be able to obtain the appropriate product IDs from the MVLS
    (Microsoft Volume Licensing Services) web site using the procedures you were
    given with the license paperwork. This site is also where you download the
    disk images for the volume license products.
    Tuesday, August 12, 2008 3:02 PM
  • On the KMS box, I am using the "Windows Vista - KMS" key obtained from the MVLS web site.  Both the client and KMS box are running Vista Enterprise.  There are no events logged on the KMS box to indicate any attempt is being made by the client to activate.

     

    On the KMS box, "slmgr.vbs -dli" looks like this:

     

    Name: Windows(TM) Vista, Enterprise edition
    Description: Windows Operating System - Vista, VOLUME_KMS channel
    Partial Product Key: 26X8Y
    License Status: Licensed

    Key Management Service is enabled on this machine
        Current count: 0
        Listening on Port: 1688
        DNS publishing disabled
        KMS priority: Normal

    Key Management Service cumulative requests received from clients
        Total requests received: 0
        Failed requests received: 0
        Requests with License Status Unlicensed: 0
        Requests with License Status Licensed: 0
        Requests with License Status Initial grace period: 0
        Requests with License Status License expired or Hardware out of tolerance: 0

        Requests with License Status Non-genuine grace period: 0
        Requests with License Status Notification: 0

    Tuesday, August 12, 2008 3:32 PM
  •  PatrickWSteele wrote:

    On the KMS box, I am using the "Windows Vista - KMS" key obtained from the MVLS web site.  Both the client and KMS box are running Vista Enterprise.  There are no events logged on the KMS box to indicate any attempt is being made by the client to activate.

     

    On the KMS box, "slmgr.vbs -dli" looks like this:

     

    Name: Windows(TM) Vista, Enterprise edition
    Description: Windows Operating System - Vista, VOLUME_KMS channel
    Partial Product Key: 26X8Y
    License Status: Licensed

    Key Management Service is enabled on this machine
        Current count: 0
        Listening on Port: 1688
        DNS publishing disabled
        KMS priority: Normal

    Key Management Service cumulative requests received from clients
        Total requests received: 0
        Failed requests received: 0
        Requests with License Status Unlicensed: 0
        Requests with License Status Licensed: 0
        Requests with License Status Initial grace period: 0
        Requests with License Status License expired or Hardware out of tolerance: 0

        Requests with License Status Non-genuine grace period: 0
        Requests with License Status Notification: 0

     

    Make sure the policy on the KVM box is set to record license requests in the event log. If you aren't recording the requests it could look like they cannot see the KVM box to request a license.

     

    Make sure the client machines are configured to use the correct ports and make sure the router isn't blocking that port and that a client-side firewall isn't blocking traffic on that port

    Tuesday, August 12, 2008 6:20 PM
  • So I went and double-checked my ports.  Firewalls were all okay.  So I kept going with the basics, did an nslookup.  Right away, I noticed the not-so-obvious.  In DNS, I had placed the 1688 in the 'priority' box, rather than 'port'... oops.  Put it in the right box and everything is well.  Thanks for the help.

     

    Tuesday, August 12, 2008 6:36 PM
  •  PatrickWSteele wrote:
    So I went and double-checked my ports.  Firewalls were all okay.  So I kept going with the basics, did an nslookup.  Right away, I noticed the not-so-obvious.  In DNS, I had placed the 1688 in the 'priority' box, rather than 'port'... oops.  Put it in the right box and everything is well.  Thanks for the help.

     

     

    Since your problem is resolved, could you please click the button "Was this post helpful?" so the thread shows as answered?

    Wednesday, August 13, 2008 2:24 PM
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    Monday, September 8, 2008 6:17 PM