KMS 1.1 for Server 2003 is Release to Web


The new version of KMS for Server 2003 is now available for download.  As stated on the site, KMS version 1.1 for Windows Server 2003 provides:

  • A single KMS host which supports volume license editions of both Windows Vista RTM/SP1 and Windows Server 2008
  • Running KMS version 1.1 in a Windows Server 2003 virtual machine

X86 (EN-US) – http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=82964

X64 (EN-US) – http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=83041

KMS on Server 2003 and 2008 should each behave the same way.  In fact, if you want to use both Server 2003 and Server 2008 to host KMS, the clients can move between the hosts transparently to the end user.  The "rules" for number of activations to start activating servers (5) and clients (25) are the same across both platforms, and you should use the same key to activate KMS regardless of whether it is running on 2003 or 2008.

You can apply this as an update to KMS 1.0 on Server 2003 (you do not have to uninstall KMS 1.0 first, according to the documentation).

The same MOM management pack that applied to KMS 1.0 applies to KMS 1.1.

As with KMS 1.0 for Server 2003, there is no SLUI and you still need to use a 2003 key and activate the OS on the machine where you are installing the Key Management Service, as a contrast to 2008 where once the key has been entered to make the machine a KMS and the KMS has been activated, the machine hosting KMS does not require its own key and activation.


Comments (8)

  1. Anonymous says:

    If you are a Volume Licensing customer, you have probably downloaded Windows Server 2008 already or you

  2. Thanks for posting back to the comments!  I will post this to the main feed as well.

    Great catch.

  3. Yes, there will be an update for VAMT to work with 2008 MAKs.  I can’t share a specific date yet but it is coming soon.

  4. paul says:

    I’m trying to get the VAMT to accept my Windows Server 2008 MAK key (obtained from our MSDN Subscription).  The VAMT says it is not a valid product key.  Is this a known issue?

  5. paul says:

    Thanks.  Please post a comment when it is released.  I am subscribed to the RSS feed for this comments to this post.