Hi. As per previous posts, I’ve been tinkering with the Key Management Service (KMS). Today I will cover the Volume Activation Management Tool (VAMT).
This GUI is a very useful management tool, and I do recommend it (especially when people ask license type questions!).
It’s a very straight forward thing to set up, as long as you avoid the gotchas. Which I did not!
First and foremost, you need to have your KMS up and running (see my previous post!). Next step is to download the Windows Assessment and Deployment Kit (WADK). Make *SURE* you download the latest release, to ensure compatibility with your license keys.
I made the mistake of using an older WADK, which did not support Windows 10 or Office 2016 keys, which was very fustrating.
The install is simple:
Start the installer, and pop it somewhere sensible:
Select the VAMT. Note, you *must* also select the SQL option, unless you already some form of SQL 2012 installed. If you don’t, you won’t be able to create the VAMT database later on:
So everything went swimmingly. Fire up the VAMT, and it’ll prompt you to create a database instance. Hence the need for SQL… I just created a local database mirroring the server host name. Once you’re into the application, add in your product keys:
You should see something like this…