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  • Hello,

    We have a volume key for Windows 7 Professional.  When I deploy it, however, it is not activated upon the deployment finishing.  Shouldn't it be activated automatically without having to run the Activation?  The CD-Key was pulled from the MS Licensing Website and it is put in the Task Sequence correctly.  Any ideas?

    Monday, July 23, 2012 3:20 PM

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  • Do you use KMS or MAK?
    Monday, July 23, 2012 3:21 PM
  • If you use MAK key then you can in your TS add a batch file with the following commands (make sure that your client has an internet connection when these commands are run):

    cscript //B "%windir%\system32\slmgr.vbs" /ipk XXXXX-XXXXX-XXXXX-XXXXX-XXXXX
    cscript //B "%windir%\system32\slmgr.vbs" /ato

    Monday, July 23, 2012 3:28 PM
  • Sorry, I'm using MAK.  I plan on implementing KMS at some point but thought I could utilize this.  I am familiar with those SLMGR commands, I was just thinking that I wouldn't require any of that.  Now I'm worried that our firewall will somehow block activations for the machines we've already imaged.
    Monday, July 23, 2012 4:13 PM
  • Yep, that certainly can happen. Just another reason to use a KMS.

    You can download the VAMT to check on the activation status of systems in your environment and even activate them or install product keys remotely.


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    Monday, July 23, 2012 4:47 PM
  • This page shows the urls that need to be open on your firewall to allow MAK activation. http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/ff793398.aspx 

    I'd have you admins open them up. In the meantime, you should install VAMT on your workstation and try to proxy activate the clients.

    You can also use VAMT to convert the MAK clients to KMS remotely once you have more than 25 machines.


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    Thursday, January 24, 2013 10:25 PM