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  • Hi All

    Our company has x2 KMS Servers running Windows Server 2008R2 SP1 Standard which are fully up to date.

    These load balance the activations for

    • Windows Server 2008R2
    • Windows 7
    • Office 2010

    I recently added the KMS key for Server 2012R2 activations after installing Hotfix KB2885698.

    I would like to install the new KMS Windows 10 Pro keys into both of our existing KMS servers but I get the same error message "Error: 0xC004F050 The Software Licensing Service reported that the product key is invalid" that I did when I tried to import the 2012R2 key before I applied the Hotfix.

    Can you please tell me when this Hotfix will be available?

    Thank you

    Mark

    Monday, August 3, 2015 1:34 PM

Answers

  • Hi,

    As Gerald said, we need a Windows 2012 + server act as the KMS server for Windows 10 client. 

    Need to install this update if it is already a Windows 2012 + server:

    https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/kb/3058168



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    Wednesday, August 5, 2015 6:58 AM
  • There is a hotfix coming for 2008R2 KMS's, to activate win10 clients....it is just 2-3 months away. Seeing as 2008R2 is 64bit, and a somewhat easy upgrade path to 2012R2, I think most folks will just run an inplace upgrade.

    Points to note *if* you do an upgrade:

    1. KMS is now a role (Volume Activation Srervices), and it does NOT get installed, because you have it installed on 2008R2
    2. Experience shows, it whacks the prior (2008R2 based) KMS keys...hence you have to re-enter additionals, like the Office 2013 KMS keys
    3. The Role installs some tools, in theory to make it easy for you to add keys, change ports, DNS settings etc
    Friday, August 7, 2015 10:42 PM

All replies

  • Hi,

    Good question...

    I suspect that a Windows 2008 R2 KMS host will not be able to validate Windows 10 / Windows Server 2016 KMS Client keys.

    Windows 2008 R2 received an update to validate N+1 OS (Win8.x/Win2012/Win2012R2) but it may not validate N+2 Operating Systems.

    If this is right, you will need to upgrade your KMS Host to 2012R2 or install a new one.

    Gerald


    Monday, August 3, 2015 1:41 PM
  • Hi Gerald

    Thanks for the quick response. That will be a shame it we can't utilise the 2008R2 boxes.

    To confirm the Windows 10 KMS Host key will import into a Windows 2012R2 box without an issue?

    (the key was only released yesterday on our volume management site).

    One of the 2008R2 KMS servers is a virtual box that fulfils only that role so its possible an in place upgrade might work well.

    The other box is a multi-function server that fulfils multiple roles that an upgrade would not be practical.

    Best Regards

    Mark

    Monday, August 3, 2015 2:45 PM
  • According to this thread, it must be a Win2012+ : https://social.technet.microsoft.com/Forums/en-US/666b8ac6-d39d-43a1-abc5-e7cd9489accc/windows-10-kms-requirements?forum=win10itprogeneral

    I suppose that you can try to install the Host key on your server but it will probably give an error saying that the key is not valid because it don't support it.

    Gerald

    Monday, August 3, 2015 2:55 PM
  • I just ran into the same problem. My KMS server is 2008 R2 and it looks like I'll need to move it to 2012 R2. No way around this?

    Orange County District Attorney

    Monday, August 3, 2015 3:00 PM
  • Hi,

    As Gerald said, we need a Windows 2012 + server act as the KMS server for Windows 10 client. 

    Need to install this update if it is already a Windows 2012 + server:

    https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/kb/3058168



    Please remember to mark the replies as answers if they help and un-mark them if they provide no help. If you have feedback for TechNet Support, contact tnmff@microsoft.com.

    Wednesday, August 5, 2015 6:58 AM
  • There is a hotfix coming for 2008R2 KMS's, to activate win10 clients....it is just 2-3 months away. Seeing as 2008R2 is 64bit, and a somewhat easy upgrade path to 2012R2, I think most folks will just run an inplace upgrade.

    Points to note *if* you do an upgrade:

    1. KMS is now a role (Volume Activation Srervices), and it does NOT get installed, because you have it installed on 2008R2
    2. Experience shows, it whacks the prior (2008R2 based) KMS keys...hence you have to re-enter additionals, like the Office 2013 KMS keys
    3. The Role installs some tools, in theory to make it easy for you to add keys, change ports, DNS settings etc
    Friday, August 7, 2015 10:42 PM
  • Hi Guys

    I've now got Windows 10 activations working on 2008R2. Here is the solution

    Install

    Update for Windows Server 2008 R2 x64 Edition (KB3079821)    

    https://support.microsoft.com/en-gb/kb/3079821

    restart the server

    Install a special key called Windows Srv 2012R2 Data Ctr/Std KMS for Windows 10 & activate

    slmgr.vbs /ipk *****-*****-*****-****-****
    slmgr.vbs /ato

    • Proposed as answer by St3fan_ Monday, October 12, 2015 8:04 AM
    Monday, October 5, 2015 5:49 PM