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

Installing Volume Activation Services Role in Windows Server 2012 to Configure ADBA

Hello, Today’s blog will walk you through installing the Volume Activation services role on Windows Server 2012 so you can configure Active Directory Based Activation (ADBA). Initial Configuration of Active Directory Based Activation 1. After installing Windows Server 2012 open Server Manager and choose “Add roles and features” 2. Choose “Volume Activation Services” role Figure… Read more

Installing Volume Activation Services Role in Windows Server 2012 to setup a KMS Host

Hi, Today’s blog will walk you through installing the Volume Activation services role on Windows Server 2012 so you can setup a new Windows Server 2012 KMS host. Initial Configuration of a new Windows Server 2012 KMS host 1. After installing Windows Server 2012 open Server Manager and choose “Add roles and features” 2. Choose… Read more

Windows 8 and Windows Server 2012 Recommendations for Activation

Hi, Today’s blog will cover the options available if you are deploying Windows 8 and/or Windows Server 2012 to an existing KMS activation configuration. It references two other blogs Installing the Volume Activation Services Role in Windows Server 2012 to setup a KMS host Installing the Volume Activation Services Role in Windows Server 2012 to… Read more

KMS Count is not increasing

Today’s blog will cover KMS volume activation and the KMS count. Many times customers will contact us and report that their KMS count is not as high as they think it should be or it is not increasing. You may also see the following error message when you try to activate 0xc004f038:  The Software Licensing… Read more

General activation concepts

Today’s blog posting is based on documentation written for our activation specialists to answer some of the most common questions for customers that are new to our current activation technologies.  Depending on the size of your organization and your familiarity with our current technologies, activation can be a very simple or complex discussion.  These are… Read more

KMS Host Client Count not Increasing Due to Duplicate CMID’S

Hello, my name is Scott McArthur.  I am a Senior Support Escalation Engineer in the Windows group and today’s blog will cover an issue involving KMS activation and deployment of images.    This issue seems to be more prevalent today due to the various tools used to clone images, create images based on a templates, Physical… Read more

Invalid Product Key Error Specifying MAK key in unattend.xml

Hello, my name is Scott McArthur.  I am a Senior Support Escalation Engineer in the Windows group and today’s blog will cover an issue involving specifying MAK Product Keys during setup of Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2.  When deploying a Volume License (VL) version of Windows 7 or Windows Server 2008 R2 you… Read more

Update to KB968912

Hello, my name is Scott McArthur. I am a Senior Support Escalation Engineer in the Windows group and today’s blog will cover a number of issues we have encountered here in support with the following update. These updates will eventually be incorporated into the Knowledge Base article but we wanted to get this information out… Read more