locked
KMS Ent Win7 Image syspreped - MDT 2010 RRS feed

  • Question

  • Hi Guys,

     

    Recently I started using MDT2010 to image our machines. We are in a XP/Win7 environment, approximately 80+ WIN7 ent including VMs. However I have encountered one issue and was hoping to get some assistances.

    Windows does not activate automatically after deployment, it give me 3 days to activate windows manually. We are using KMS for activation. Our manual installs (i.e. DVD)were activated automatically upon completion.

    Since sysprep /generalize rearms windows activation, I was wondering if there is a way to automate the activation process? From what I know, MDT set the SkipAutoActivation - False as default in Unattend.xml. This should force windows to activate, in this case it is not doing so.

     

    Any advise would be much appreciated!!

    Thanks in advance guys!

     

    Regards,

    JL

    Monday, May 16, 2011 6:47 PM

Answers

  • Hi,

    Thank you for the reply.

    You will not need to enter a key for products on your client machine if you are using KMS activation. Please refer to http://www.microsoft.com/licensing/existing-customers/product-activation.aspx

    We recommend that KMS clients use the sysprep /generalize command where the value of the SkipRearm setting is equal to 1. After capturing this image, use the sysprep /generalize command, where the value of the SkipRearm setting is equal to 0.

    Refer to http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/dd744512(WS.10).aspx

    Regards,


    Please remember to click “Mark as Answer” on the post that helps you, and to click “Unmark as Answer” if a marked post does not actually answer your question. This can be beneficial to other community members reading the thread. ”
    Wednesday, May 25, 2011 6:46 AM
    Moderator

All replies

  • Hi,

    Does this happen to all systems Windows XP\Windows 7?

    If your company does not use the Key Management Service (KMS), manually activate Windows 7 with Microsoft. Volume-licensed (VL) media provided by Microsoft is needed.

    For more information, please refer to http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/ee523216(WS.10).aspx

    Regards,


    Please remember to click “Mark as Answer” on the post that helps you, and to click “Unmark as Answer” if a marked post does not actually answer your question. This can be beneficial to other community members reading the thread. ”
    Friday, May 20, 2011 8:11 AM
    Moderator
  • Hi,

     

    So far only to those Win7 machines I have deployed in our Test environment. Yes we do use KMS for activation purpose. Correct me if I am wrong, but this is definitely not normal? I am not responsible for KMS and have very limited knowledge. How does the client OS know where to look for a KMS and activate itself? Should there be a KMS key already integrated to the OS/Image prior? Or does it pick up KMS automatically once it is in the correct subnet?

     

    Thanks,

    JL

    Tuesday, May 24, 2011 7:42 PM
  • Hi,

    Thank you for the reply.

    You will not need to enter a key for products on your client machine if you are using KMS activation. Please refer to http://www.microsoft.com/licensing/existing-customers/product-activation.aspx

    We recommend that KMS clients use the sysprep /generalize command where the value of the SkipRearm setting is equal to 1. After capturing this image, use the sysprep /generalize command, where the value of the SkipRearm setting is equal to 0.

    Refer to http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/dd744512(WS.10).aspx

    Regards,


    Please remember to click “Mark as Answer” on the post that helps you, and to click “Unmark as Answer” if a marked post does not actually answer your question. This can be beneficial to other community members reading the thread. ”
    Wednesday, May 25, 2011 6:46 AM
    Moderator
  • KMS clients will lookup DNS to find the KMS host record.
    are your test environment builds using the same DNS etc?
    are they able to route to it?

    Don
    Sunday, May 29, 2011 7:34 AM
  • Hello IT33,

    Open an elevated cmd prompt and run slmgr /dlv

    Report back with the output (ctrl+C to copy the output)


    Thanks, Darrell Gorter [MSFT] This posting is provided "AS IS" with no warranties, and confers no rights. VAMT - Volume Activation Management Tool - Download link http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=ec7156d2-2864-49ee-bfcb-777b898ad582&displaylang=en
    Wednesday, June 1, 2011 8:59 PM