Convert Office and Windows MAK keys to KMS? RRS feed

  • Question

  • We're a non-profit that has always used MAK keys. We have a couple hundred Office 2010/2013 MAK keys, about 50 Windows enterprise MAK keys,  and a few dozen Windows server standard MAK keys, and 3 datacenter mak keys.

    We're considering switching everything to KMS to make it easier to ensure we're in compliance. My question is, can we somehow convert our already-issues MAK keys into KMS keys? I'm not talking about using slmgr on the clients to switch them to KMS, but to actually change our issue licenses from MS.

    When I go into volume licensing, I only see MAK keys for almost all our products. There are a couple KMS keys for older products, but none of our current ones.

    Also, if we are able to convert the existing ones or buy new ones, will one of those work as the "KMS host key" tha tI am prompted for when configuring activation tools on our Win2012r2 host?


    Thursday, August 20, 2015 2:43 PM


All replies

  • You should be able to.  Your best source of information would be a trained Microsoft licensing specialist.  If you are dealing with a Microsoft reseller, they should be able to assist you.  If you have just be purchasing from techsoup or something like that, contact Microsoft - www.microsoft.com/licensing.

    When you switch to KMS you will get KMS keys that allow you to set up 1-5 (I think, it's been a while) KMS servers.  These can be any servers in your environment.  The KMS key is used to activate the server.  All clients that activate to the KMS server get a generic key to replace the MAK key - https://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/jj612867.aspx?f=255&MSPPError=-2147217396

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    Thursday, August 20, 2015 3:14 PM
  • Call the Activation center :


    I hope they will help you.

    Thursday, August 20, 2015 3:18 PM