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  • Question

  • Hi All,

    I need to mmove our KMS server from 1 server to another. I have read the articles on how to do this, but I can't seem to figure out what a KMS HOST key is. I have the various keys (client & setup keys), but not sure what a HOST key is. Can someone shed some light on this ? I have looked at the MVLS site, but to no avail, or I am missing something ?

    thanks

    Tuesday, June 3, 2014 3:38 PM

Answers

  • Hi there

    I hope I can at least guide you in the right direction.

    First I strongly urge you read up on what a KMS is and understand how it works.

    1. Licensng and Volume Activation
    2. Understanding KMS
    3. KMS Activation
    4. How to Choose the Right Volume License Key for Windows

    I promise, its not a ton of reading, but you'll be better equipped for managing a KMS.

    KMS host keys are different from the keys you see on the stickers attached to your PC's that ship with Windows, Office etc..  Although they may look similar, they're different and not interchangeable.

    Since you have access to the MVLS, you should be able to locate your KMS host keys under 'Downloads and Keys'. On that page, locate the product (e.g: Server 2008) and click the 'Key' link for the corresponding product.  It should reveal both KMS and MAK keys under the 'Type' column.  Choose the KMS key and add it to the KMS.

    This is a dated screenshot, so it won't look like this but it gives you an idea of what to look for.



    Several other resources available below:

    How to configure a KMS server in Windows Server 2008 R2
    http://ivan.dretvic.com/2011/06/how-to-configure-a-kms-server-in-windows-server-2008-r2/

    Video: Implementing Volume Activation 2.0
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ihGlfPKBErw

    How can I setup a KMS server? 
    http://www.windows-noob.com/forums/index.php?/topic/649-how-can-i-setup-a-kms-server/

    Step By Step Guide To Setup KMS Server
    http://www.techieshelp.com/step-by-step-guide-to-setup-kms/

    Tuesday, June 3, 2014 4:21 PM
  • Hi,

    This post gives you the answer you want, about KMS keys, host and client:

    http://social.technet.microsoft.com/Forums/windowsserver/en-US/bf1ce6dc-5cbb-4c95-9093-558306e81cf4/kms-host-key?forum=winserverManagement

    Regards


    v-yamliu

    Thursday, June 5, 2014 6:23 AM
  • I need to move our KMS server from 1 server to another. I have read the articles on how to do this, but I can't seem to figure out what a KMS HOST key is. I have the various keys (client & setup keys), but not sure what a HOST key is. Can someone shed some light on this ? I have looked at the MVLS site, but to no avail, or I am missing something ?

    Hi,

    a KMShost product key, is also known as CSVLK, and is only available to you from MVLS/VLSC, if you have purchased the relevant product license.

    The KMShost product key, is the 25-character product key that your organisation is given, and is unique to your organisation.
    This is the product key that you "install" on your KMShost computer, activate, and this enables the KMShost feature.

    Your current KMShost can display a partial product key - you can use this partial key, (it is the last 5 characters of your CSVLK), compare this with the product keys available to you in MVLS/VLSC to confirm you are dealing with the correct product key.

    You can then use it to establish your new KMShost computer (install the key, activate the key).
    You can then check your DNS to ensure the new KMShost has registered in your DNS.
    You can then temporarily stop the SPPsvc on the old KMShost computer, and then perform some KMSclient activations/renewals, and confirm that the new KMShost computer is correctly servicing KMSclient requests.
    You can then decommission the old KMShost, or "demote" it to a KMSclient,or whatever your plan is.


    Don
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    Thursday, June 5, 2014 8:40 AM

All replies

  • Hi there

    I hope I can at least guide you in the right direction.

    First I strongly urge you read up on what a KMS is and understand how it works.

    1. Licensng and Volume Activation
    2. Understanding KMS
    3. KMS Activation
    4. How to Choose the Right Volume License Key for Windows

    I promise, its not a ton of reading, but you'll be better equipped for managing a KMS.

    KMS host keys are different from the keys you see on the stickers attached to your PC's that ship with Windows, Office etc..  Although they may look similar, they're different and not interchangeable.

    Since you have access to the MVLS, you should be able to locate your KMS host keys under 'Downloads and Keys'. On that page, locate the product (e.g: Server 2008) and click the 'Key' link for the corresponding product.  It should reveal both KMS and MAK keys under the 'Type' column.  Choose the KMS key and add it to the KMS.

    This is a dated screenshot, so it won't look like this but it gives you an idea of what to look for.



    Several other resources available below:

    How to configure a KMS server in Windows Server 2008 R2
    http://ivan.dretvic.com/2011/06/how-to-configure-a-kms-server-in-windows-server-2008-r2/

    Video: Implementing Volume Activation 2.0
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ihGlfPKBErw

    How can I setup a KMS server? 
    http://www.windows-noob.com/forums/index.php?/topic/649-how-can-i-setup-a-kms-server/

    Step By Step Guide To Setup KMS Server
    http://www.techieshelp.com/step-by-step-guide-to-setup-kms/

    Tuesday, June 3, 2014 4:21 PM
  • Hi,

    This post gives you the answer you want, about KMS keys, host and client:

    http://social.technet.microsoft.com/Forums/windowsserver/en-US/bf1ce6dc-5cbb-4c95-9093-558306e81cf4/kms-host-key?forum=winserverManagement

    Regards


    v-yamliu

    Thursday, June 5, 2014 6:23 AM
  • I need to move our KMS server from 1 server to another. I have read the articles on how to do this, but I can't seem to figure out what a KMS HOST key is. I have the various keys (client & setup keys), but not sure what a HOST key is. Can someone shed some light on this ? I have looked at the MVLS site, but to no avail, or I am missing something ?

    Hi,

    a KMShost product key, is also known as CSVLK, and is only available to you from MVLS/VLSC, if you have purchased the relevant product license.

    The KMShost product key, is the 25-character product key that your organisation is given, and is unique to your organisation.
    This is the product key that you "install" on your KMShost computer, activate, and this enables the KMShost feature.

    Your current KMShost can display a partial product key - you can use this partial key, (it is the last 5 characters of your CSVLK), compare this with the product keys available to you in MVLS/VLSC to confirm you are dealing with the correct product key.

    You can then use it to establish your new KMShost computer (install the key, activate the key).
    You can then check your DNS to ensure the new KMShost has registered in your DNS.
    You can then temporarily stop the SPPsvc on the old KMShost computer, and then perform some KMSclient activations/renewals, and confirm that the new KMShost computer is correctly servicing KMSclient requests.
    You can then decommission the old KMShost, or "demote" it to a KMSclient,or whatever your plan is.


    Don
    (Please take a moment to "Vote as Helpful" and/or "Mark as Answer", where applicable.
    This helps the community, keeps the forums tidy, and recognises useful contributions. Thanks!)

    Thursday, June 5, 2014 8:40 AM