Using Windows Server 2012 VAS to activate Windows 8 and Windows Server 2012

    Hi All :

    Windows 8 and Windows Server 2012 released , I believe more and more company will begin to deployment. I think you will start to consider how to planning activation method. MAK ? KMS ? or ...

    Windows Server 2012 have a new feature call Active Directory-Based Activation :

    Active Directory-based Activation is a role service that allows you to use Active Directory Domain Services (AD DS) to store activation objects, which can further simplify the task of maintaining volume activation services for a network. With Active Directory-based Activation, no additional host server is needed, and activation requests are processed during computer startup.

    Any computers running Windows 8 or Windows Server 2012 with a Generic Volume License Key (GVLK) that are connected to the domain will activate automatically and transparently. They will stay activated as long as they remain members of the domain and maintain periodic contact with a domain controller. Activation takes place after the licensing service starts. When this service starts, the computer running Windows 8 or Windows Server 2012 contacts AD DS automatically, receives the activation object, and activates without user intervention.


    This document is introduce how to installing and implementing ADBA.


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    Justin Gao

    Microsoft (China)

Windows Server 2012 RTM Volume Activation Services Deployment Document.pdf

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  1. Justin Gao says:

    Hi Ram:

    So far I have not these tutorial.

    I think this Technet document maybe useful :…/jj574204.aspx

    You can focus on this part "Per-server-role considerations for upgrading"

  2. VAS is a very nice feature introduced in WS 2012.

  3. Ram Karthik says:

    Excellent Tutorial.

    Request – How about a tutorial on how to upgrade server 2008 r2 to server 2012?


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