Building a KMS Host on Windows 8

Support Lifecycle: https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/lifecycle?C2=16796 This blog post is part of a series of posts, detailing the build process and activating capabilities of a KMS host on a particular host operating system. The operating system dictates which KMS host key (CSVLK) can be installed on that particular host, and that CSVLK determines what KMS-capable clients can be activated. When implementing KMS… Read more

Error Adding Windows Server 2016 and Windows 10 2016 LTSB Product Keys to VAMT 3.1

My name is Shannon Gowen and I am a Serviceability Support Escalation Engineer for Windows Client and Server Beta. This is a short blog describing an issue that you might see utilizing the Volume Activation Management Tool (VAMT) with Windows Server 2016 and Windows 10 2016 LTSB product keys and how to resolve it. This… Read more

Windows Server 2016 Volume Activation Tips

Hi, This is Scott McArthur, a Supportability Program Manager for Windows and Surface. With the launch of Windows Server 2016 I wanted to share some information on volume activation: Updating your existing KMS hosts to support Windows Server 2016 Setting up a new Windows Server 2016 KMS host Activating Windows 10 Enterprise 2016 LTSB Updating… Read more

Building a KMS host on Windows 7

Windows 7 with SP1 Support Lifecycle: https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/lifecycle?C2=14019 This blog post is part of a series of posts, detailing the build process and activating capabilities of a KMS host on a particular host operating system. The operating system dictates which KMS host key (CSVLK) can be installed on that particular host, and that CSVLK determines what… Read more

Windows 10 Deployment Links

Hi, my name is Scott McArthur and I am the Supportability Program Manager for Commercial Surface and Windows products.  A common question we get from customers is “Can you direct me to information regarding what I should be thinking about when deploying Windows 10.”  All this information is available online but it helps sometimes if… Read more

Troubleshooting Activation Issues

Today, Henry Chen and I are going to talk about troubleshooting some activation issues that we often run into. To begin, here is an article which talks about what Microsoft Product Activation is and why it is important. Also, thisarticle explains KMS Activation. Now, let’s jump into some common activation scenarios. Scenario 1 – Security… Read more

Windows 10 Volume Activation Tips

Hi, Today’s blog is going to cover some tips around preparing your organization for activating Windows 10 computers using volume activation Updating Existing KMS Hosts The first thing to do is to update your KMS host to support Windows 10 computers using the following hotfix 3058168: Update that enables Windows 8.1 and Windows 8 KMS… Read more

KMS Activation High Level Overview

Hello, folks! This blog is aimed to provide a high level overview of the Key Management Server (KMS) technology. You may have found a lot of dispersed activation information available elsewhere on the Internet, but I’m going to try and pull it all together for you in a concise format that I hope you’ll find… Read more

Activating virtual machines via Automatic Virtual Machine Activation in Windows Server 2012 R2

Hello, My name is Mayank Sharma and I am a Support Engineer in Windows Platforms Support Team. In this blog, I am going to discuss a very exciting addition to Windows Server 2012 R2, called as AVMA (Automatic Virtual Machine Activation). As the name suggests, this feature allows automatic activation of virtual machines running on… Read more

Microsoft Deployment Toolkit 2012 Update1 Media Deployment USB drive for UEFI computer

In today’s blog I am going to cover an issue related to using Microsoft Deployment Toolkit 2012 Update1 to deploy an image to Surface Pro using media deployment point. Notes: This issue is not specific to Surface Pro and could occur with other UEFI computers. This may be addressed in later version of MDT Microsoft… Read more