KMS Activation in Windows Server 2019

Hi! I’m Graeme Bray and you may remember me from previous articles such as KMS Activation for Windows Server 2016.  Today’s installment will coincide with a new Windows Server release.  I’m going to focus on getting you to enable AD Based Activation for those of you who have not yet done so.  The location for… Read more

Troubleshooting Active Directory Based Activation (ADBA) clients that do not activate

Hello everyone! My name is Mike Kammer, and I have been a Platforms PFE with Microsoft for just over two years now. I recently helped a customer with deploying Windows Server 2016 in their environment. We took this opportunity to also migrate their activation methodology from a KMS Server to Active Directory Based Activation. As… Read more

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