Key Management Service – Is it Working?

Really quick post!

Following my setup of multiple KMS servers in my domain, I was desperate to know if things were working. A new KMS server will need a minimum of activations before you’ll see anything on a client. So how do you know if it is working?

It’s simple!

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Key Management Service – Licensing previous versions of Office

Okies, hit an interesting snag. I am getting very close to decommissioning my old KMS server. but I had a slight niggle on my new KMS boxes. Namely:

An activation request has been processed.
Info:
0xC004F042,5

Why you no license?

Why you no license?

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Key Management Service – The Volume Activation Management Tool GUI

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!

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Key Management Service – Setting it up for Windows 10 and Office 2016.

I picked up another task, which aint too bad. A simple brief, provide Key Management Services (KMS) for Office 2016 and Windows 10.

In order to license Windows 10 and Office 2016 via a KMS, you must run it on Windows Server 2012. It will not work on anything less.

This was a sticking point for my organisation, as we currently host our KMS on Server 2008. This did complicate matters, as I would have two KMS servers. Generally speaking KMS boxes aren’t load balanced, if it is even possible (I don’t think it is).

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Config Manager 2012 Current Branch

Well it’s been a while. Work has been topsy turvy, with inane restructure taking place concurrently with other company wide restructures. Reassuring it is not… Anyway, I’ve found some desire to blog again after seeing some of the really useful stuff in the Current Branch (CB) of Config Manager. Continue reading