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KMS host key

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  • Hi,

    I've a little confuse. What's the KMS host key ? In fact, there are some key on https://licensing.microsoft.com/eLicense/L1033/default.asp but not sure which one is for KMS host server. Which one is the key for activate the client or KMS server ? Now, I want to setup a 2008 R2 for activate the 2008 & Windows 7. I've a lot of key on hand. But not sure to use which one.

    Many thanks !
    Tuesday, September 29, 2009 2:40 AM

Answers

  • Hi,

     

    To use KMS, you need to setup a KMS host and KMS clients. A KMS host should be installed on a KMS host and a KMS client key should be installed on a KMS client.

     

    KMS client keys are free of charge and published on the Microsoft TechNet site. A KMS host key is not free. You need to buy it.

     

    To activate Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2, you can use the following KMS client keys:

     

    KMS Client Setup Keys

    Operating System Edition

    Product Key

    Windows 7

     

    Windows 7 Professional

    FJ82H-XT6CR-J8D7P-XQJJ2-GPDD4

    Windows 7 Professional N

    MRPKT-YTG23-K7D7T-X2JMM-QY7MG

    Windows 7 Enterprise

    33PXH-7Y6KF-2VJC9-XBBR8-HVTHH

    Windows 7 Enterprise N

    YDRBP-3D83W-TY26F-D46B2-XCKRJ

    Windows 7 Enterprise E

    C29WB-22CC8-VJ326-GHFJW-H9DH4

    Windows Server 2008 R2

     

    Windows Server 2008 R2 HPC Edition

    FKJQ8-TMCVP-FRMR7-4WR42-3JCD7

    Windows Server 2008 R2 Datacenter

    74YFP-3QFB3-KQT8W-PMXWJ-7M648

    Windows Server 2008 R2 Enterprise

    489J6-VHDMP-X63PK-3K798-CPX3Y

    Windows Server 2008 R2 for Itanium-Based Systems

    GT63C-RJFQ3-4GMB6-BRFB9-CB83V

    Windows Server 2008 R2 Standard

    YC6KT-GKW9T-YTKYR-T4X34-R7VHC

    Windows Web Server 2008 R2

    6TPJF-RBVHG-WBW2R-86QPH-6RTM4

     

    And you need to buy a KMS host key. If you have already bought it but not sure which one is, please contact your local Microsoft Customer Service for direct assistance.

     

    http://www.microsoft.com/worldwide/

     

    For detailed information about Volume Activation for Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2, you can refer to the following site:

    http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/dd996588.aspx

     

    Hope it helps.

     

    Tim Quan - MSFT

     

    Tuesday, September 29, 2009 6:05 AM
    Moderator
  • No. You only need to buy a Server Group C for Windows Server 2008 R2 KMS key and install it on a Windows Server 2008 (R2) Datacenter or Windows Server 2008 Itanium computer.

    • Marked as answer by Seventeenli Thursday, October 08, 2009 5:59 AM
    Thursday, October 08, 2009 5:44 AM
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  • Hi,

     

    To use KMS, you need to setup a KMS host and KMS clients. A KMS host should be installed on a KMS host and a KMS client key should be installed on a KMS client.

     

    KMS client keys are free of charge and published on the Microsoft TechNet site. A KMS host key is not free. You need to buy it.

     

    To activate Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2, you can use the following KMS client keys:

     

    KMS Client Setup Keys

    Operating System Edition

    Product Key

    Windows 7

     

    Windows 7 Professional

    FJ82H-XT6CR-J8D7P-XQJJ2-GPDD4

    Windows 7 Professional N

    MRPKT-YTG23-K7D7T-X2JMM-QY7MG

    Windows 7 Enterprise

    33PXH-7Y6KF-2VJC9-XBBR8-HVTHH

    Windows 7 Enterprise N

    YDRBP-3D83W-TY26F-D46B2-XCKRJ

    Windows 7 Enterprise E

    C29WB-22CC8-VJ326-GHFJW-H9DH4

    Windows Server 2008 R2

     

    Windows Server 2008 R2 HPC Edition

    FKJQ8-TMCVP-FRMR7-4WR42-3JCD7

    Windows Server 2008 R2 Datacenter

    74YFP-3QFB3-KQT8W-PMXWJ-7M648

    Windows Server 2008 R2 Enterprise

    489J6-VHDMP-X63PK-3K798-CPX3Y

    Windows Server 2008 R2 for Itanium-Based Systems

    GT63C-RJFQ3-4GMB6-BRFB9-CB83V

    Windows Server 2008 R2 Standard

    YC6KT-GKW9T-YTKYR-T4X34-R7VHC

    Windows Web Server 2008 R2

    6TPJF-RBVHG-WBW2R-86QPH-6RTM4

     

    And you need to buy a KMS host key. If you have already bought it but not sure which one is, please contact your local Microsoft Customer Service for direct assistance.

     

    http://www.microsoft.com/worldwide/

     

    For detailed information about Volume Activation for Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2, you can refer to the following site:

    http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/dd996588.aspx

     

    Hope it helps.

     

    Tim Quan - MSFT

     

    Tuesday, September 29, 2009 6:05 AM
    Moderator
  • HI Tim,

    That's very clear. Thanks !
    But I got warning message when key in the purchased KMS key. Is that work as design ? The warning is "You have entered a Key Management Service (KMS) key that should only be used to create an activation infrastructure for an organization". - "Click OK to use the KMS key or click Cancel to enter a different product key."
    Thank again !
    Monday, October 05, 2009 2:19 AM
  • Hi Tim,

    Let say more detail. This warning is come out when I used the KMS key to activate the KMS host server (Windows 2008 R2). Should I use another one or......Pls help. Thanks !

    B.R.
    Jeff
    Monday, October 05, 2009 2:22 AM
  • Hi Jeff,

     

    This error is expected to appear if you enter the KMS key by using the UI. Please use slmgr.vbs instead:

     

    l  To install a KMS key, type slmgr.vbs /ipk <KmsKey> at a command prompt.

     

    l  To activate online, type slmgr.vbs /ato at a command prompt.

     

    l  To activate by using the telephone, type slui.exe 4 at a command prompt.

     

    l  After activating the KMS key, restart the Software Protection Service.

     

    For detailed information, please refer to this article:

     

    http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/dd772269.aspx

     

    Hope it helps.

     

    Tim Quan - MSFT

     

    Monday, October 05, 2009 3:30 AM
    Moderator
  • Hi Tim,
     
    But my problem is unable to activate the Windows 2008 R2 server instead of KMS ? When I use the method you provide. Activate by "ipk" & "ato" command... Got this error - "Activating Windows Server (R), ServerStandard edition (C99b641f-c4ea-4e63-bec3-5ed2ccd0f357)... On a computer running Microsoft Windows non-core edition, run 'slui.exe 0x2a 0x80072EFD' to diplsay the error text. Error: 0x80072EFD". What's that ? Still unable to activate the server online. Hope you can help. Thanks !

    BR
    Jeff
    Wednesday, October 07, 2009 1:48 AM
  • Hi Jeff,

     

    Now please verify the current activation state of your system is “Windows is not activated”. Then make sure your computer has the Internet connection. Please also check whether you have configured the correct proxy settings.

     

    If you still cannot activate the KMS host, please contact your Microsoft local Volume Licensing specialist to confirm whether you are using a correct key to activate the KMS host.

     

    http://www.microsoft.com/licensing/worldwide.aspx

     

    Hope it helps.

     

    Tim Quan - MSFT

     

    Wednesday, October 07, 2009 4:18 AM
    Moderator
  • Hi Tim,

    Successful to activate online and able to input 2008 R2 KMS key. Thanks !
    But failed to input Windows 7 KMS key and got this error 0x2a 0xc004f015. What's wrong ? Many thanks !

    BR
    Jeff
    Thursday, October 08, 2009 1:30 AM
  • Hi Jeff,

     

    Windows 7 KMS key cannot be hosted on Windows Server 2008 (R2). It should be hosted on the following systems:

     

    l  Windows Vista

    l  Windows 7

    l  KMS for Windows Server 2003 1.2

     

    Please refer to the following table:

     

    Product key group

    KMS can be hosted on (KMS key activates KMS host)

    Windows product editions activated by this KMS host

    Client VL for Windows 7

    ·        Windows Vista

    ·        Windows 7

    ·        KMS for Windows Server 2003 1.2

    ·        Windows 7 Professional

    ·        Windows 7 Enterprise

    ·        Windows Vista Business

    ·        Windows Vista Enterprise

    Server Group A for Windows Server 2008 R2

    ·        KMS for Windows Server 2003 1.2

    ·        Windows Web Server 2008

    ·        Windows Web Server 2008 R2

    ·        Windows HPC Server 2008

    ·        Windows HPC Server 2008 R2

    Includes previous plus:

    ·        Windows Web Server 2008 R2

    ·        Windows Web Server 2008

    ·        Windows HPC Server 2008 R2

    ·        Windows HPC Server 2008

    Server Group B for Windows Server 2008 R2

    Includes previous plus:

    ·        Windows Server 2008 R2 Standard

    ·        Windows Server 2008 R2 Enterprise

    ·        Windows Server 2008 Standard

    ·        Windows Server 2008 Enterprise

    Includes previous plus:

    ·        Windows Server 2008 R2 Standard

    ·        Windows Server 2008 R2 Enterprise

    ·        Windows Server 2008 Standard

    ·        Windows Server 2008 Enterprise

    Server Group C

    Includes previous plus:

    ·        Windows Server 2008 R2 Datacenter

    ·        Windows Server 2008 Datacenter

    ·        Windows Server 2008 for Itanium-Based Systems

    Includes previous plus:

    ·        Windows Server 2008 R2 Datacenter

    ·        Windows Server 2008 Datacenter

    ·        Windows Server 2008 for Itanium-Based Systems

     

    Tim Quan - MSFT

     

    Thursday, October 08, 2009 1:58 AM
    Moderator
  • Hi Tim,

    If I need to activate Windows 7 , Windows 2008 R2 Standard and Windows 2008 for IA systems by KMS hosts, then I need to setup three separate KMS hosts server ? Am I right ?

    BR
    Jeff
    Thursday, October 08, 2009 5:27 AM
  • No. You only need to buy a Server Group C for Windows Server 2008 R2 KMS key and install it on a Windows Server 2008 (R2) Datacenter or Windows Server 2008 Itanium computer.

    • Marked as answer by Seventeenli Thursday, October 08, 2009 5:59 AM
    Thursday, October 08, 2009 5:44 AM
    Moderator
  • Many thanks !
    Thursday, October 08, 2009 5:59 AM
  • Hi Tim,

    Sorry, one more question. When I key in another Windows 2008 R2 KMS key in the KMS hosts server. The windows will become inactive ? What's going wrong ?

    BR
    Jeff
    Thursday, October 08, 2009 8:42 AM
  • Hi Jeff,

     

    No. If you change your KMS key on your KMS host, Your KMS clients will keep activated. However, please remember you use the appropriate KMS key. For example, if you used a Server Group C for Windows Server 2008 R2 KMS key before, please use a new Server Group C for Windows Server 2008 R2 KMS key now.

     

    Tim Quan - MSFT

     

    Thursday, October 08, 2009 9:36 AM
    Moderator
  • Hi Tim,

    Once activated the KMS host server. I found current count is 1. Is that mean only allow one client ? Since I tried to activate a client and got an error - "Error: 0xC004F038 The computer could not be activated. The return count from your KMS is insufficient. In fact, I've three KMS hosts key. So I tried to key in another one but the server become inactivate. I need to activate again. Is my procedure wrong ?

    My background is
    One Windows 2008 R2 KMS hosts server   <- Already activated online
    4 KMS hosts key
    5 x  2008 R2 / 2008 Std Edit need to activate

    Many thanks !
    BR
    Jeff
    Thursday, October 08, 2009 9:43 AM
  • Hi Jeff,

     


    To activate Windows Server 2008 (R2), we need at least 5 Windows Server 2008 (R2) machine.

     

    First please use one KMS host key to activate your KMS host. Then use the KMS client key to activate your KMS clients. If the count is less than five, your KMS clients will not be activated. Once the count reaches 5, all KMS clients will be activated. It is expected that you received the error when trying to activate the first KMS client. Just ignore it and try to activate other KMS clients to make the count no less than 5.


    I understand that you have three KMS host keys. But one is enough.

    I suggest reading the documents on the following site first?

     

    Volume Activation Resources for Windows® 7 and Windows Server® 2008 R2

    http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/dd996588.aspx

     


    Note: If you are trying to activate Windows Vista or Windows 7, the count should be no less than 25.

    Tim Quan - MSFT

     

    Thursday, October 08, 2009 10:10 AM
    Moderator
  • Hi Tim,

    I know the count already but don't understand the message. In fact, I and my colleague have been study the deployment guide & operation guide many times but too many confuse & not very clear. Your help is very appreciate and give us some direction. Such as......

    How to handle more than one KMS host key ? <- As you said, one is enough
    Can one KMS host (2008 R2) activate Windows 2008 & Windows 7 <- As you said, No. Need separate KMS hosts

    I think your information is very useful for anyone looking for setup the KMS.

    Many thanks !

    BR
    Jeff
    Friday, October 09, 2009 12:08 AM
  • Hi Jeff,

     

    “Can one KMS host (2008 R2) activate Windows 2008 & Windows 7 <- As you said, No. Need separate KMS hosts.”

     

    I did not say this.

     

    If you would like to activate Windows Server 2008 & Windows 7, you only need to buy a Server Group (A or B or C. This depends on what edition of Windows Server 2008 you would like to activate) for Windows Server 2008 KMS key and install this KMS key on a corresponding Windows Server 2008 computer. In this way, you only need one KMS host. And please remember the count (Windows Server 2008 + Windows 7) should be no less than 25.

     

    If you are still not clear, please let me know what edition of Windows Server 2008 and Windows 7 you would like to activate.

     

    Tim Quan - MSFT

     

    Friday, October 09, 2009 2:07 AM
    Moderator
  • Hi Tim,

    Sorry for my misunderstand.
    In fact, just would like to activate Windows 2008 R2 standard & enterprise and Windows 7 Professional & Ultimate.
    Is one KMS hosts OK ? Thanks !

    BR
    Jeff
    Friday, October 09, 2009 6:42 AM
  • Hi Jeff,

     

    Windows 7 Ultimate cannot be activated using KMS keys. Only Windows 7 Professional and Enterprise can.

     

    If you would like to use one KMS host key to activate all Windows Server 2008 R2 Standard & Enterprise & Windows 7 Professional, please buy a Server Group B or C (B is enough) for Windows Server 2008 R2 KMS host key. Then install this KMS host key on a Windows Server 2008 (R2) Standard or Enterprise computer.

     


    If you think one KMS host is not enough and you prefer more KMS hosts to provide redundancy, you can install the same KMS host key on other Windows Server 2008 (R2) Standard or Enterprise computers. Then you will have additional KMS hosts. One KMS host key can activate at most 6 KMS hosts.

    If anything is unclear, please let me know.

     

    Tim Quan - MSFT

     

    Friday, October 09, 2009 7:34 AM
    Moderator
  • Hi Tim,

    Very clear. Thanks !
    If the KMS client already activated by Microsoft online, is this possible change to KMS mode ? Such as by command - slmgr.vbs /skms kmsservername ? Many thanks!

    BR
    Jeff
    Saturday, October 10, 2009 3:58 AM
  • Hi Tim,

    I've a trouble on this issue again. Now, I'd like to setup Windows 2008 standard server as KMS hosts which already activated on Internet. When I put the Windows 2008 R2 Group B / Group C KMS key by "slmgr.vbs /ipk" but failed. Error is C004F050.

    Is Group B / Group C KMS key but install on Windows 2008 R2 server ?

    BR
    Jeff
    Wednesday, October 14, 2009 1:50 AM
  • An update is available for Windows Vista and for Windows Server 2008 to extend KMS activation support for Windows 7 and for Windows Server 2008 R2

    http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx/kb/968912/

    Wednesday, October 14, 2009 2:09 AM
    Moderator
  • Hi Tim,

    For some reason, if the activated count of server is under 5. What will happen ? KMS host become inactivate status again ? Thanks !

    BR
    Jeff
    Wednesday, October 14, 2009 8:17 AM
  • Hi Jeff,

     

    If the count is under 5, your KMS host will be unable to activate KMS clients. The KMS clients which have already been activated will keep activated for 180 days. After 180 days, they need to be activated again. KMS clients must renew their activation by connecting to the KMS host at least once every 180 days.

     

    Tim Quan - MSFT

     

    Wednesday, October 14, 2009 8:44 AM
    Moderator
  • Hi Tim,

    So, the count must be keep at least 5. Otherwise, all activated KMS client will be expired later even successful in the past. Am I right ? Thanks !

    BR
    Jeff
    Wednesday, October 14, 2009 10:05 AM
  • We just got a couple copies of Server 2008 R2 and 10 copies of Windows 7 for our IT department to start using and testing.  I got a KMS B key with them.  But since I am not over the licensing threshold, how do I activate them?

    Thanks.
    Wednesday, October 14, 2009 4:49 PM
  • Hi Bugsy288,

    I think you must prepare at least 5 Server 2008 / 25 Windows 7 (All are physical) to start the KMS host firstly.

    BR
    Jeff
    Thursday, October 15, 2009 12:23 AM
  • Hi Tim,

    So, the count must be keep at least 5. Otherwise, all activated KMS client will be expired later even successful in the past. Am I right ? Thanks !

    BR
    Jeff

    Yes, you are right.
    Thursday, October 15, 2009 2:12 AM
    Moderator
  • Hi Bugsy288,

    I think you must prepare at least 5 Server 2008 / 25 Windows 7 (All are physical) to start the KMS host firstly.

    BR
    Jeff

    physical or virtual machines.
    Thursday, October 15, 2009 2:13 AM
    Moderator
  • Hi Tim,

    Refer to technotes, this must be physical !! Is virtual machines support ?

    BR
    Jeff
    Thursday, October 15, 2009 5:03 AM
  • Hi Tim,

    I've activated the KMS client of 5 x Windows 2008 server. But when I try to activate Windows 7. This say insufficient ?! As I know, the KMS host should be activated either 2008 or Windows 7 fulfill the minimum count. Or misunderstand also ?
    Thanks !

    BR
    Jeff
    Thursday, October 15, 2009 6:15 AM
  • Hi Tim,

    Refer to technotes, this must be physical !! Is virtual machines support ?

    BR
    Jeff

    Yes, but only supported by 2008 SP2 or R2 or Windows 7.
    Thursday, October 15, 2009 6:30 AM
    Moderator
  • Hi Tim,

    I've activated the KMS client of 5 x Windows 2008 server. But when I try to activate Windows 7. This say insufficient ?! As I know, the KMS host should be activated either 2008 or Windows 7 fulfill the minimum count. Or misunderstand also ?
    Thanks !

    BR
    Jeff


     
    Thursday, October 15, 2009 6:56 AM
    Moderator
  • Hi Tim,

    I've activated the KMS client of 5 x Windows 2008 server. But when I try to activate Windows 7. This say insufficient ?! As I know, the KMS host should be activated either 2008 or Windows 7 fulfill the minimum count. Or misunderstand also ?
    Thanks !

    BR
    Jeff


     

    If you do not need to activate Windows 7 or Windows Vista, 5 Windows Server 2008 is enough.

     

    If you would like to activate Windows 7 or Windows Vista, you need 25 KMS clients (Windows 7 + Windows Vista + Windows Server 2008).


    Thursday, October 15, 2009 6:56 AM
    Moderator
  • Hi Tim,

    Do you know how work on VM ? Since the hardware platform on VM is the same except UID. How KMS know this is another one computer ? If clone from one source, how KMS handle ? Thanks !

    BR
    Jeff
    Thursday, October 15, 2009 8:30 AM
  • Not clear about its mechanism but the KMS host will recognize the virtual clients.

    Thursday, October 15, 2009 8:54 AM
    Moderator
  • OK, so the KMS won't even come online until I have enough computers to license (25 Windows 7 or 5 Server 2008 R2).  So how do you actually validate them until such time?  It could be a month or two until we have enough to use a KMS host.
    Thursday, October 15, 2009 1:11 PM
  • Hi Bugsy288,

    As tested, if you need to activate Windows 2008 & 7 both, need to activate 5 x Windows 2008 & 25 x Windows 7.
    Use VM

    BR
    Jeff
    Friday, October 16, 2009 12:16 AM
  • Hi Tim,

    If the KMS is crash, is this work to setup a new one with same host name ? Does client able to reconnect to new one ? Thanks !

    BR
    Jeff
    Friday, October 16, 2009 5:15 AM
  • Hi Tim,

    May I know what's the different of those Enterprise release ? Where can I find ? Thanks !

    Windows 7 Enterprise

    Windows 7 Enterprise N

    Windows 7 Enterprise E


    BR
    Jeff
    Monday, October 19, 2009 10:08 AM
  • Just got it.
    Tuesday, October 20, 2009 9:57 AM
  • Hi Seventeenli,

    Just to clarify, if I want to run a couple of Windows 7 PCs to test out our applications, are you suggesting to create several other (23) VMs of windows 7 to get the license count high enough to validate using KMS?  I suppose this would be the same for Server 2008 R2.  If I only want to load one or two servers with it, then I should create 3 VMs as well to get the license count high enough for KMS validation?  Is my only option to run Windows 7 without activating it until I get some more PCs in to get above 25?

    I understand that I can run Windows 7  and Server 2008 R2 for 30 days without activation until they start to change backgrounds and give other warnings but I would like to get this setup and working so when we start rolling out new PCs, everything will work seamlessly.
    Wednesday, October 21, 2009 1:58 PM
  • Is there any way to use volume activation when there will be less than 25 Windows 7 machines running? The machines will all be virtual machines and will not have direct access to the internet.

    Thanks
    Wednesday, December 30, 2009 7:04 PM
  • @bs531 If you're less than 25 Win 7 clients then use MAK key to activate

    I have a question for the thread.

    Are windows 2008 servers counted separate from 2008 R2 servers?  Additionally with the KMS Host running on Windows 2008 R2 do windows 2008 KMS Clients need the windows update / patch to talk to the 2008 R2 KMS Host?

    I'm receiving an error: Product not Found when I attempt to change licensing of existing 2008 Servers to use KMS which were previously activated with a MAK key.

    Cheers.

    Friday, January 15, 2010 10:34 PM
  • Are windows 2008 servers counted separate from 2008 R2 servers?

    >> I don't think so

     Additionally with the KMS Host running on Windows 2008 R2 do windows 2008 KMS Clients need the windows update / patch to talk to the 2008 R2 KMS Host?


    >> same as above

     

    • Proposed as answer by RPShafer Thursday, October 07, 2010 5:20 PM
    Thursday, May 13, 2010 2:20 AM
  • Throughout this thread almost all answers have been made available, but I may be able to clear everything up.  I am going to assume you are only using Server 2008, Server 2008R2, Windows 7, and Windows Vista.

    KMS Host

    -Only one KMS host is neccessary

    -A Server 2008 R2 KMS host with a KMS B key will be able to activate all of the machines in your environment. (You receive this from the Microsoft Volume Licensing Service Center)

    -Once you have used slmgr.vbs -ipk <Server 2008R2 STD/ENT KMS B Key> (to install the key) + slmgr.vbs -ato (to activate the KMS host)  you will now see a server count and client count when you type slmgr.vbs -dlv.

    KMS Clients

    -The default key when you install a windows o/s is the KMS client key.  After fresh install if you run slmgr.vbs -ato it will attempt to activate via kms host and will increase your count or activate if count is already reached.

    -In order to activate servers via KMS you must activate 5 servers (2008 and/or 2008R2 physical AND/OR virtual machines) in order for the server activation to work.

    -In order to activate clients via KMS you must activate 25 clients (Windows 7 and/or Windows Vista physical AND/OR virtual machines) in order for server activation to work.

    *****If you do not have 25 clients you can use MAK activation keys to activate clients*****

    -Once you reach 25 clients in order to switch from MAK to kms to reach your 25 client count you must install KMS client keys on each MAK activated client.  Do so by using "slmgr.vbs -ipk <KMS client key>" (This will cause the client to show as not activated.)  If you are using an active directory domain the clients will identify the KMS host via DNS and will attempt to activate every 2 hours.  I prefer manual KMS host identification by using "slmgr.vbs -skms <KMS Host Name or IP>:1688".  In order to activate the server or increase your count use "slmgr.vbs -ato"  If you are count is not yet 25 you will receive a message stating that the count is insufficient. (do not worry once you reach 25 the servers will be able to activate through KMS host.)

    KMS Client Keys

    Microsoft has just recently consolidated the Vista, Win7, 2008, and 2008R2 keys on one page listed here:

    http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/ff793421.aspx 

    ***** These activation methods will only work on VL editions of your o/s.  Otherwise your o/s will require retail or oem keys *****

     

    I hope this clears up any confusion related to KMS activation.  Please let me know if I missed anything.  I do not take credit for this info as most of it is already explained previously by Tim Quan and others, but I hope this helps to clear up things with one all inclusive post.  As a side note this is my first post here so feel free to mark as helpful ; ) 

    • Proposed as answer by RPShafer Wednesday, October 13, 2010 3:31 PM
    Thursday, October 07, 2010 5:20 PM
  • This KMS stuff doesn't work.  I'm going to have to go back to MAK keys.

    For some strange reason KMS won't activate some of my servers.  I have 6 servers I tried putting the GVLK key on with Volume Activation Management tool.  DNS correctly looks up the KMS Server 2008 R2 Datacenter box which has CSVLK and is in Licensed / Genuine status.

     

    So 4 of my 2008 / 2008 R2 servers say GVLK key, License renewed.  One says Genuine, 3 say <not available>.  Grace expiration 7/15/12.

    One is in Out of Box Grace and will not activate.  It's always Error code 0xC004F038.  Says the count reported by KMS is insufficient.

     

    Another server is in Notification mode with a black desktop and it gives the same thing.

     

    So if the KMS count is 5 and I have 6 servers with GVLK keys making them KMS clients, how the heck did 4 activate and 2 did not?  This is a production environment so I'm just going back to MAK keys, its more reliable.  Why did Microsoft have to make this SOOOOOO COMPLICATED.  It's like you need a 4 year college degree in Microsoft Licencing.  

    Tuesday, January 17, 2012 5:35 PM
  • This KMS stuff doesn't work.  I'm going to have to go back to MAK keys.

    For some strange reason KMS won't activate some of my servers.  I have 6 servers I tried putting the GVLK key on with Volume Activation Management tool.  DNS correctly looks up the KMS Server 2008 R2 Datacenter box which has CSVLK and is in Licensed / Genuine status.

     

    So 4 of my 2008 / 2008 R2 servers say GVLK key, License renewed.  One says Genuine, 3 say <not available>.  Grace expiration 7/15/12.

    One is in Out of Box Grace and will not activate.  It's always Error code 0xC004F038.  Says the count reported by KMS is insufficient.

     

    Another server is in Notification mode with a black desktop and it gives the same thing.

     

    So if the KMS count is 5 and I have 6 servers with GVLK keys making them KMS clients, how the heck did 4 activate and 2 did not?  This is a production environment so I'm just going back to MAK keys, its more reliable.  Why did Microsoft have to make this SOOOOOO COMPLICATED.  It's like you need a 4 year college degree in Microsoft Licencing.  


    Ok so you have one Windows Server 2008 R2 Datacenter server as KMS host and 6 KMS Clients running various editions of 2008 and 2008 R2, ok then so you would have Server Group C Key you should be able to activate them try deactivating all of the kms clients and then installing the kms client keys (I Also think VAMT 2.0 has an option to KMS Activate them) and then it should activate them.
    Wednesday, January 18, 2012 4:11 AM
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    Wednesday, January 18, 2012 9:45 AM
  • Hi all,

    sorry to ask an additional question in an old post. I just want to clarify the following:

    Can a windows server 2008 r2 standard edition work as a kms host  with the Server group C key? 

    E.g.  will this host activate Datacenter installations if I have the proper key or do I have to run a windows server 2008 datacenter edition to activate other datacenter installations?

    Regards and have a great weekend

    Dirk


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    Friday, February 08, 2013 2:08 PM
  • Can a windows server 2008 r2 standard edition work as a kms host  with the Server group C key? 

    E.g.  will this host activate Datacenter installations if I have the proper key or do I have to run a windows server 2008 datacenter edition to activate other datacenter installations?

    this should be fine. I haven't tried exactly that, but I have installed WS2008R2 EnterpriseEdition and activated that with a Group-C KMShost key just fine.

    Don
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    Saturday, February 09, 2013 10:25 AM