KMS Activation for Windows Server 2016

Hi everyone.  Graeme Bray here with a quick article around KMS and Server 2016.  KMS and Server 2016 you say?  Shouldn’t I be using Active Directory Based Activation?  Yes, you should, but in case you are not, let’s go over the pre-requisites to activate Windows Server 2016 via KMS. ********* UPDATE (5/5/17)***************** The requirements have… Read more

KMS Migration from 2008 R2 to Windows Server 2012 R2 and KMS Activation Known Issues

I’m receiving a lot of requests for assistance here lately around KMS. In short, the request goes something like this: I use KMS for volume activation of Microsoft products. How do I migrate my KMS host from Windows Server 2008 R2 to Windows Server 2012 R2? Let’s get a few things straight. THERE IS NO… Read more

Active Directory-Based Activation vs. Key Management Services

KMS Activation   **Quick Update** If you’re looking to add support to your KMS hosts for Windows 8.1 and Windows Server 2012 R2, you need to install the update mentioned in the following article:  http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2885698 ——————————————————— I still receive TONS of questions on KMS even though it has been around for quite some time now…. Read more