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

Building a KMS Host on Windows Server 2008 R2

Support Lifecycle: https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/lifecycle?p1=14134 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… 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

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

One of the source volumes specified has invalid….” Error messaging running wbadmin to backup system state

When creating a system state backup with Windows Server 2008 or Windows Server 2008 R2 you may encounter the following error: “One of the source volumes specified has an invalid format and cannot be protected using Windows Backup. Only volumes formatted with NTFS can be protected.” One possible cause of this error is having a… Read more

Last Known Good

When troubleshooting boot issue such as disk or file corruption, missing files, and third party drivers, Windows provides three Windows boot-problem recovery options: Last Known Good Safe Mode Recovery Console This article is focused on the first recovery option: Last Known Good. Last Known Good (LKG): In the system’s registry, the system’s configuration settings are… Read more