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

Mailbag: Hi Mom! (Issue #12)

Greetings all – Mike Hildebrand, Mike Kline and a few others here with some musings for an out of sorts “Monday Mailbag.”    It’s the end of an era… Last week, Windows Server 2003 reached its “End of Extended Support” date (July 14, 2015). Hopefully, you have mostly fond memories of it; I know I… Read more

Troubleshooting KMS with Process Monitor (ProcMon)

Dougga here with a short and simple post.  I wanted to share an issue that was resolved using tools from SysInternals. Recently I helped discover an odd issue with some KMS servers losing their KMS Server Key and becoming a KMS Client. So where to start troubleshooting… Do you have the right key? Try slmgr.exe… 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