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  • Question

  • Hello,

    I have an existing KMS server running Windows 2008 Server SP2 that is hosting a KMS key for Windows 2008 Server. I now have additional keys for Windows 7 and Windows 2008 R2. From what I have read and seen so far, it does not appear that I can install multiple keys on a single KMS host. Is this correct? I have already installed KB968912. Thank you for your help.
    Monday, September 21, 2009 11:29 AM

Answers

  • Hello Brian, Open an elevated cmd prompt and run slmgr /dlv on the KMS host. Report back with the output
    Thanks, Darrell Gorter This posting is provided "AS IS" with no warranties, and confers no rights. Volume Activation documentation on TechNet http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/dd197314.aspx http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/dd996588.aspx VAMT - Volume Activation Management Tool - Download link http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=ec7156d2-2864-49ee-bfcb-777b898ad582&displaylang=en
    Friday, July 16, 2010 7:52 PM

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  • Hello Dylan,
          Your KMS Key for Windows 7 / 2008 R2 will activate Windows Vista / 2008 machines as well as the newer versions. You are correct in installing the KB968912 on the server, now all you need to do is run "slmgr -ipk <PRODUCT KEY>" and then "slmgr -ato" on the KMS Server and you should be good to go. The one thing to note is that if your KMS Server is Enterprise/Standard you will be able to install Channel B Key and not the Channel C key.

    Tanner
    • Edited by Tanner S Thursday, October 1, 2009 2:57 PM typo
    Tuesday, September 22, 2009 5:39 AM
  • My KMS servis is 2008 x64 SP2 and the hotfix kb968912.  -itp is not an option with my version of slmgr.  I would like to use this single KMS server for activation of both my server 2008 and windows 7.

    What is Channel B key?

    Thanks

    Paul
    Wednesday, September 30, 2009 7:13 PM
  • Hello Paul,
        I had a typo - I just corrected, it's -ipk not -itp.

    B Channel key is the KMS key that will activate 2008/R2 - Standard, Enterprise, Web, HPC, Vista, and Windows 7

    When you got your KMS keys they should have given you a Channel C, B, A, and Client.
    Thursday, October 1, 2009 2:58 PM
  • Hey Tanner,

       I just implemented KMS in our organization.  My predecessor had some weird stuff going on, but I have cleaned everything up, and reduced it down to 1 KMS server.  I have installed kb968912, and this is a Server 2008 SP2 x64 box.  All of our Server 2008 machines are activated, but it is not activating any of our Vista boxes.  It just puts them "In OOB grace" status, according to VAMT.  Our KMS key is VOLUME_KMS_B channel.  Any insights would be greatly appreciated.

     

    Brian.


    Brian
    Thursday, July 15, 2010 7:45 PM
  • Hello Brian, Open an elevated cmd prompt and run slmgr /dlv on the KMS host. Report back with the output
    Thanks, Darrell Gorter This posting is provided "AS IS" with no warranties, and confers no rights. Volume Activation documentation on TechNet http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/dd197314.aspx http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/dd996588.aspx VAMT - Volume Activation Management Tool - Download link http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=ec7156d2-2864-49ee-bfcb-777b898ad582&displaylang=en
    Friday, July 16, 2010 7:52 PM
  • Hello Brian, Open an elevated cmd prompt and run slmgr /dlv on the KMS host. Report back with the output
    Thanks, Darrell Gorter This posting is provided "AS IS" with no warranties, and confers no rights. Volume Activation documentation on TechNet http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/dd197314.aspx http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/dd996588.aspx VAMT - Volume Activation Management Tool - Download link http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=ec7156d2-2864-49ee-bfcb-777b898ad582&displaylang=en
    Friday, July 16, 2010 7:52 PM
  • Since I have posted the orginal question, I had to rebuild my KMS server on a Windows 2008 R2 server due to a requirement to license office 2010 via kms.  2008 R2 is a pre-requisite for office 2010.  Since then I have not had any issue of since applying my channel b license and using the kms installation process for off 2k10.

     

    Thanks

     

    Paul

    Friday, July 16, 2010 8:03 PM
  • Hi All,

    To understanding what type of key that you'll have to install in your KMS server, please, read below the good article:

    http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/ee939271.aspx

    Eduardo Pavan


    Eduardo Pavan
    • Proposed as answer by B. Meyer Tuesday, May 31, 2011 8:49 PM
    Friday, July 23, 2010 12:10 PM
  • This post comes up as the first result of a Google search about "KMS multiple keys" but this discussion is basically useless. It is not explained how to install a second VL2 onto a KMS that already has a VL2 installed.

    For the rest of us still looking for answers to this question, this article should be changed to NOT ANSWERED and probably deleted since the content in this thread is useless.

    Thursday, November 8, 2012 7:19 PM
  • Hello,

    You can only install one Windows KMS key on a KMS host. 

    You do not need to install multiple Windows KMS hosts on a KMS host.


    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

    Thursday, November 8, 2012 10:52 PM
  • That's not really the question. Of course it would be pointless to have more than one "Windows OS" VL2 of the same version, installed on a single KMS host.

    The question are:

    1. Can you have multiple VL2's for different products on a single KMS host? Let's say you have:

    - Windows 8 VL2

    - Windows 7 VL2

    - Office 2010 VL2

    - Server 2008 R2 VL2

    Is a separate KMS host needed for each of these keys?

    ,

    2. If only a single VL2 can be on any given KMS host, what happens to activation of a Windows 7 or Server 2008 R2 computer with an Office 2010 VL2 installed? Apparently the Windows 7 / Server 2008 R2 operating system would now have no product key installed for the OS itself.


    Friday, November 9, 2012 4:26 AM
  • Hello,

    Only one Windows key can be install on a KMS host.  to activate all the Windows clients, you would need a Windows Server 2012 KMS host key.

    Only Server keys can be installed on Windows Servers that are acting as KMS hosts.  The Server keys are hierarchical so they apply to prior versions of Windows Servers and Windows client machines.  Since Windows 8 is on the list and this is a Windows Server 2008 R2 machine, I expect you would need Windows Server 2012 KMS host to be installed.

    You can also install the Office 2010 KMS host key on Windows Server 2008 R2, that is not a Windows Product so that key can be installed as well, ( only one Office KMS host key can be installed.)

    2) You can install One Windows KMS host, plus you can install KMS host key for another product lines like Office,


    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

    Friday, November 9, 2012 7:06 PM
  •  ( only one Office KMS host key can be installed.)

    Darrell, there are guys in the Office forums who are successfully installing both Office2010 KMShost and Office2013 KMShost on the same server (as well as Windows KMShost)...

    Don
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    Saturday, November 10, 2012 10:06 AM
  • Hopefully someone eventually will read this thread tryng to install Office and Windows KMS keys like me. In short - yes you can have two KMS keys on a single server. One for Windows and one for Office. Windows key installation is well covered here and there. To install an Office 2010 key after that you must download this package  http://www.microsoft.com/en-gb/download/details.aspx?id=25095 and install it on your KMS server. It will ask for Office 2010 KMS key, and activate it online. To check your Office 2010 activation status enter "slmgr.vbs /dlv bfe7a195-4f8f-4f0b-a622-cf13c7d16864" in command prompt.

    You can probably install Office 2013 KMS key the same way, you'll need Office 2013 pack http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=35584. You can check Office 2013 using this command "slmgr.vbs /dlv 2E28138A-847F-42BC-9752-61B03FFF33CD"

    Thursday, April 4, 2013 10:31 AM
  • Hopefully someone eventually will read this thread tryng to install Office and Windows KMS keys like me. In short - yes you can have two KMS keys on a single server. One for Windows and one for Office. Windows key installation is well covered here and there. To install an Office 2010 key after that you must download this package  http://www.microsoft.com/en-gb/download/details.aspx?id=25095 and install it on your KMS server. It will ask for Office 2010 KMS key, and activate it online. To check your Office 2010 activation status enter "slmgr.vbs /dlv bfe7a195-4f8f-4f0b-a622-cf13c7d16864" in command prompt.

    You can probably install Office 2013 KMS key the same way, you'll need Office 2013 pack http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=35584. You can check Office 2013 using this command "slmgr.vbs /dlv 2E28138A-847F-42BC-9752-61B03FFF33CD"

    additionally: if the above key to check the Status does not work, try the following: cscript slmgr.vbs /dlv bfe7a195-4f8f-4f0b-a622-cf13c7d16864

    seen here: http://blogs.technet.com/b/odsupport/archive/2012/10/29/how-to-install-the-office-2010-kms-host-license-pack-on-windows-8-or-windows-server-2012.aspx

    Tuesday, April 16, 2013 5:22 AM
  • Since this thread is at the top of google when searching for Multiple KMS Keys, I'll post this here, but I'd ask that any replies actually go to a separate thread that I started to track a similar but different issue. 

    The separate thread is here: http://social.technet.microsoft.com/Forums/en-US/winserverManagement/thread/0d9652a8-1f67-4239-9062-e7a130977013

    The question I have (please post answers in the thread above) is if I have two KMS keys for the same product group, how can I use both of them?  So lets say I have one KMS key for 100 Server2008R2 licenses and a second KMS key for 50 Server2008R2 licenses, how can I use all 150 licenses in a single domain?  Please post answers in the thread I linked which is for tracking this question vs having Windows + Office KMS keys which is what this thread was about.

    Tuesday, April 23, 2013 11:57 PM
  • Since this thread is at the top of google when searching for Multiple KMS Keys, I'll post this here, but I'd ask that any replies actually go to a separate thread that I started to track a similar but different issue. 

    The separate thread is here: http://social.technet.microsoft.com/Forums/en-US/winserverManagement/thread/0d9652a8-1f67-4239-9062-e7a130977013

    The question I have (please post answers in the thread above) is if I have two KMS keys for the same product group, how can I use both of them?  So lets say I have one KMS key for 100 Server2008R2 licenses and a second KMS key for 50 Server2008R2 licenses, how can I use all 150 licenses in a single domain?  Please post answers in the thread I linked which is for tracking this question vs having Windows + Office KMS keys which is what this thread was about.


    I've responded in your other thread.

    Don
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    Wednesday, April 24, 2013 10:11 AM
    1. I would like to Installed Office 2010 from Manufacture with KMS key
    2. Windows 7 x64 Home Professional
    3. Windows Client: VL - Windows 7 Professional

    Name: Windows(R) Home Premium Edition                                                               Description: Windows(R)7 OEM_SLP Channel
    Partial Product Key: 4Letters & 1 Number
    Licens Status: Licensed

    Install and activate a KMS key on a Windows 7
    *To install a KMS key, type "slmgr.vbs /ipk <KmsKey>" at a command prompt.

    I also I read, I can use both MAK and KMS for activating systems to activate your computers, depending on the needs of your environment.
    Question:
    Do I needed to Installed "KB968912"
    2nd. Step:
    All you need to do is run "slmgr -ipk <PRODUCT KEY>"
    3rd Step:
    and then "slmgr -ato" on the KMS Office 2010

    & will be able to install Channel B Key and not the Channel C key.
    When can I see these command option above nor when  do I  have to chose, Or what letter should I chose?
    If I miss any Information please let me know, or I can post Image as well.
    Please let me know how can I help my self to Install Office 2010 by being Pre-Installed in Laptop by Manufactory
    Thank you very much for you'r support, tutorial & Time
    Art M


    • Edited by squirtmph Sunday, November 17, 2013 12:06 AM
    Saturday, November 16, 2013 11:30 PM
    1. I would like to Installed Office 2010 from Manufacture with KMS key
    2. Windows 7 x64 Home Professional
    3. Windows Client: VL - Windows 7 Professional

    Name: Windows(R) Home Premium Edition                                                               Description: Windows(R)7 OEM_SLP Channel
    Partial Product Key: 4Letters & 1 Number
    Licens Status: Licensed

    Install and activate a KMS key on a Windows 7
    *To install a KMS key, type "slmgr.vbs /ipk <KmsKey>" at a command prompt.

    I also I read, I can use both MAK and KMS for activating systems to activate your computers, depending on the needs of your environment.
    Question:
    Do I needed to Installed "KB968912"
    2nd. Step:
    All you need to do is run "slmgr -ipk <PRODUCT KEY>"
    3rd Step:
    and then "slmgr -ato" on the KMS Office 2010

    & will be able to install Channel B Key and not the Channel C key.
    When can I see these command option above nor when  do I  have to chose, Or what letter should I chose?
    If I miss any Information please let me know, or I can post Image as well.
    Please let me know how can I help my self to Install Office 2010 by being Pre-Installed in Laptop by Manufactory
    Thank you very much for you'r support, tutorial & Time
    Art M


    Hi squirtmph, could you please open a new discussion for your questions ( this is a very old discussion), and I'll be happy to help you with your questions

    Don
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    Sunday, November 17, 2013 4:07 AM
  • Okay, Thank you!
    Sunday, November 17, 2013 8:18 PM
  • Hello,

    I want to know that for kms configuration on server 2008r2, what are the steps required?

    1) slmgr /ipk (product key-> windows server 2008r2 kms key)

    2) SRV record created after this

    3)Will it activate the windows 7 client machine ?

    4) Shall I need to put windows 7 key on this server 2008 r2?

    5) What about the windows 8.1 and server 2012-> whether i have to put another key on kms host server.

    Please clarify me I am totally new in this kms server configuration

    Monday, March 24, 2014 7:34 PM
  • Hello,

    I want to know that for kms configuration on server 2008r2, what are the steps required?

    1) slmgr /ipk (product key-> windows server 2008r2 kms key)

    2) SRV record created after this

    3)Will it activate the windows 7 client machine ?

    4) Shall I need to put windows 7 key on this server 2008 r2?

    5) What about the windows 8.1 and server 2012-> whether i have to put another key on kms host server.

    Please clarify me I am totally new in this kms server configuration

    @varun ashat

    1) yes
    2) yes
    3) yes
    4) no. The WS2008R2 KMShost pkey does this.
    5) you need further Windows updates, and then input the WS2012R2 KMShost pkey.

    This article should help you:
    http://social.technet.microsoft.com/wiki/contents/articles/22510.volume-activation-kms-mak-adba-avma.aspx


    Don
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    Monday, March 24, 2014 8:01 PM
  • Did this question ever get answered?
    Tuesday, July 8, 2014 11:20 PM
  • Yes.  You can use 1 KMS host server to handle keys and activations for multiple Operating Systems and Products.  The KMS “Host Key” on the KMS server itself determines what product lines the KMS box will service.

    For example:

    A 2008R2 computer running the KMS service licensed with a Server 2008R2 KMS “host key” can be configured to hold licenses and activate clients for the following products:

    Server 2008R2

    Server 2008

    Windows 7

    Office 2010

    You can also load product version specific volume license keys if necessary; like separate keys for Windows 7 Pro and Windows 7 Enterprise, or Office 2010 Pro and Office 2010 Standard.

    A 2012 computer running the KMS service licensed with a Server 2012 KMS “host key” can be configured to hold licenses and activate clients for the following products:

    Server 2012

    Server 2008R2

    Server 2008

    Windows 8

    Windows 7

    Office 2013

    Office 2010

    You can also load product version specific volume license keys if necessary; like separate keys for Windows 7 Pro and Windows 7 Enterprise, or Office 2010 Pro and Office 2010 Standard.

    Lastly, there is a hotfix from MS that will allow you to upgrade your Server 2008R2 KMS server with a 2012 KMS “host key” so that it can function like a 2012 KMS server – so you don’t have to build a new box and reload all your keys when you are ready to start deploying 2012 systems.

    http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2757817

    Wednesday, July 9, 2014 12:15 AM
  • Yes.  You can use 1 KMS host server to handle keys and activations for multiple Operating Systems and Products.  The KMS “Host Key” on the KMS server itself determines what product lines the KMS box will service.

    For example:

    A 2008R2 computer running the KMS service licensed with a Server 2008R2 KMS “host key” can be configured to hold licenses and activate clients for the following products:

    Server 2008R2

    Server 2008

    Windows 7

    Office 2010

    You can also load product version specific volume license keys if necessary; like separate keys for Windows 7 Pro and Windows 7 Enterprise, or Office 2010 Pro and Office 2010 Standard.

    A 2012 computer running the KMS service licensed with a Server 2012 KMS “host key” can be configured to hold licenses and activate clients for the following products:

    Server 2012

    Server 2008R2

    Server 2008

    Windows 8

    Windows 7

    Office 2013

    Office 2010

    You can also load product version specific volume license keys if necessary; like separate keys for Windows 7 Pro and Windows 7 Enterprise, or Office 2010 Pro and Office 2010 Standard.

    Lastly, there is a hotfix from MS that will allow you to upgrade your Server 2008R2 KMS server with a 2012 KMS “host key” so that it can function like a 2012 KMS server – so you don’t have to build a new box and reload all your keys when you are ready to start deploying 2012 systems.

    http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2757817

    Wednesday, July 9, 2014 12:16 AM
  • Hello,

    There can only be one Windows KMS host installed on a machine, there cannot be Windows product specific Host keys.

    For Windows Client machine there is only KMS host key per product, there isn't a separate one for Pro and Enterprise.  Windows Client KMS host keys can only be installed on Windows Client machine.

    If you want to use a Windows Server machine as the KMS host you will have to install a Windows Server KMS host key which will also activate Windows client machines


    Thanks, Darrell Gorter [MSFT] This posting is provided "AS IS" with no warranties, and confers no rights.

    Friday, July 11, 2014 1:12 AM
  • Yes.  You can use 1 KMS host server to handle keys and activations for multiple Operating Systems and Products.  The KMS “Host Key” on the KMS server itself determines what product lines the KMS box will service.

    For example:

    A 2008R2 computer running the KMS service licensed with a Server 2008R2 KMS “host key” can be configured to hold licenses and activate clients for the following products:

    Server 2008R2

    Server 2008

    Windows 7

    Office 2010

    You can also load product version specific volume license keys if necessary; like separate keys for Windows 7 Pro and Windows 7 Enterprise, or Office 2010 Pro and Office 2010 Standard.

    A 2012 computer running the KMS service licensed with a Server 2012 KMS “host key” can be configured to hold licenses and activate clients for the following products:

    Server 2012

    Server 2008R2

    Server 2008

    Windows 8

    Windows 7

    Office 2013

    Office 2010

    You can also load product version specific volume license keys if necessary; like separate keys for Windows 7 Pro and Windows 7 Enterprise, or Office 2010 Pro and Office 2010 Standard.

    Lastly, there is a hotfix from MS that will allow you to upgrade your Server 2008R2 KMS server with a 2012 KMS “host key” so that it can function like a 2012 KMS server – so you don’t have to build a new box and reload all your keys when you are ready to start deploying 2012 systems.

    http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2757817

    You can install the relevant Windows update on WS2008R2 or WS2012 or WS2012R2 to enable the KMShost features.
    You can also install the relevant Windows update on WS2008R2 or WS2012 or WS2012R2, for Office2010 KMShost and/or Office 2013 KMShost. I have several WS2008R2 machines which act as KMShost for all VA products (KMSclients).

    You can co-host the 3 types of KMShost all on WS2008R2 if you wish (this is exactly what I've done multiple times in various networks).

    There are quite a few variations possible - but, you cannot install a WinVista/Win7/Win8.0/Win8.1 KMShost product key on a Windows Server OS. Not in any way. But, if you have a Windows Server KMShost product key, that will issue activations for Windows Client OS editions (WinVista/Win7/Win8.0/Win8.1)

    This article might help: http://social.technet.microsoft.com/wiki/contents/articles/22510.volume-activation-kms-mak-adba-avma.aspx


    Don
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    Friday, July 11, 2014 8:40 AM