Office 365 ProPlus, multiple devices, and (de)activation

Learn how to manage Office 365 ProPlus activations and deactivations when installing Office on multiple PCs or Macs. This post comes courtesy of our resident Office compatibility and deployment expert, Curtis Sawin. Overview Install limit reached…now what? One of the benefits of Office 365 ProPlus is the ability to install Office on up to 5…

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Announcing App-V 5.0 SP2 Support for Office 2013 Volume Licensing Editions

Learn how to use the Office Deployment Tool to create App-V 5.0 SP2 packages for volume license versions of Office 2013. This post comes courtesy of our resident Click-to-Run/Office deployment expert, Jeremy Chapman. Announcing App-V 5.0 SP2 Support for Office 2013 Volume Licensing Editions Corresponding with the release of App-V 5.0 SP2, we have updated…


Why isn’t KMS counting activation requests?

Learn some techniques to avoid error 0xC004F038 when using KMS to activate Office installations. Key Management Service (KMS) helps you activate multiple Office licenses over your local network, without requiring each computer to connect up to Microsoft for activation. Sometimes, though, KMS can appear to disregard client activation requests, causing the following error: 0xC004F038 The Software…

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Volume activation of Office 2013 –frequently asked questions

If you’ve seen the TechNet article FAQ:Volume activation of Office 2010, you know that it contains many frequently asked questions about Office 2010 volume activation, including Key Management Services (KMS) and Multiple Activation Key (MAK). The questions in the article apply to Office 2013 volume activation as well as Office 2010. Included below are questions that…

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Migrate an Office 2013 KMS host from the command line or the UI

Migrating an Office 2013 KMS host to another computer is similar to migrating an Office 2010 KMS host. You can find the basics for Office KMS host migration at  Migrate an Office 2010 KMS host. For Office 2013, there is a new Microsoft Office 2013 KMS Host License Pack and activation ID. And if the…

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Managing Office 365 ProPlus installations: activating, deactivating, and reactivating

Being able to install and use Office on up to 5 PCs at the same time is one benefit of your organization having an Office 365 subscription with Office 365 ProPlus. For example, a user could have Office installed on the following computers: a desktop computer in her office a laptop that she uses when…

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What’s new in volume activation for Office 2013 Preview? Active Directory-Based Activation

Office volume activation is an enterprise feature for volume-licensed editions of Office 2010 and Office 2013 Preview. In addition to the volume activation methods you used for Office 2010 – Multiple Activation Key (MAK) and Key Management Service (KMS), a new volume activation method is available for Office 2013 Preview – Active Directory-Based Activation. You…

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What’s new for IT Pros in the new Office release?

We hope you’ve had a chance to try out the Consumer Preview release of the new Office, which has lots of new features and improvements to help you more easily manage your Office installations. You can find these features and improvements in What’s new for IT professionals. The article summarizes the new Office features and…

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The Office 2010 KMS host is no longer supported on Windows Small Business Server 2003

If you are creating an Office 2010 KMS host on Windows Server 2003, be aware that an Office 2010 KMS host is currently supported only on the Standard, Enterprise, and Datacenter editions of Windows Server 2003. Office 2010 KMS host on Windows Small Business Server 2003 is not supported. See the following TechNet articles that…

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Using the Office Customization Tool to install a KMS key for Visio 2010

We’ve had questions about whether the Office Customization Tool can be used to install a Key Management Service (KMS) key for a volume licensed version of Visio 2010 Standard. The short answer is yes. Here are the details: The Enter another product key option in the Licensing and user interface section of the OCT is…

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