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Recomendations for activation while under the KMS threshold of 25 computers for 3-4 months RRS feed

  • Question

  • Hello - we are a volume license customer still on XP who has skipped Vista entirely and our company is about 400 users.  We are starting to test/pilot Windows 7 but I anticipate we will be under the KMS threshold of 25 clients well into next year. 

    Are there any recomendations how to handle this besides running the slmgr.vbs -rearm command? 

    We are a small IT group and want staff to be pilot testers but not get prompted every 30 days about the OS not being authentic.  Additionally, it is possible this will go beyond the 120 days where the above command will no longer work and it will be staff's production computer.  I have read the MS documentation and scenarios they have outlined but do not see how any of them fit the above scenario.  I would think this would come up for the smaller volume license customers?  I am hoping I have missed something and/or there are other alternatives. 

    Monday, November 9, 2009 4:43 PM

Answers

  • Hello Jay789,
    You can request a MAK key ( Multiple Activation Key) on the volume license site where you get your media and KMS keys.
    You can use either MAK or KMS or both.
    The MAK key will allow you activate machines similar to a Retail Activation scenarios.  That key can be used on multiple machines , the actual number is based on Volume License agreement.
    This is what smaller volume license customers would use.
    Thanks, Darrell Gorter This posting is provided "AS IS" with no warranties, and confers no rights
    • Marked as answer by Jay789 Wednesday, November 11, 2009 6:33 PM
    Monday, November 9, 2009 10:39 PM

All replies

  • Hello Jay789,
    You can request a MAK key ( Multiple Activation Key) on the volume license site where you get your media and KMS keys.
    You can use either MAK or KMS or both.
    The MAK key will allow you activate machines similar to a Retail Activation scenarios.  That key can be used on multiple machines , the actual number is based on Volume License agreement.
    This is what smaller volume license customers would use.
    Thanks, Darrell Gorter This posting is provided "AS IS" with no warranties, and confers no rights
    • Marked as answer by Jay789 Wednesday, November 11, 2009 6:33 PM
    Monday, November 9, 2009 10:39 PM
  • Darrell - Thanks for clarifying, this is the route we will go.

    Wednesday, November 11, 2009 6:34 PM