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Windows KMS vs MAK

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Hi, i am a bit confused about this types of keys. I was given a login to Microsoft and they provided both types of volume keys. However, my need is rather simple. I am setting up a single activation of Windows 2008 standard to which 40 clients will connect to. I already bought the 40 CALs as well. this server can either be a domain controller or just simply a file and print server.

which should i choose KMS or MAK?
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MAK is used when there is no KMS server present on the site.

It goes outside for activation

use MAK
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KMS = Key Managemnt server,
this is where you would configure a server at your site which takes care of lincensing for you.

MAK = Multiple Activation Key
This is where you simply use the same license Key for each of your clients and is valid upto the license limit, use this if you do not want a KMS (this is like the old volume license key)
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MAK lets you install a product serveral times with the same product ID - each installation needs to be activated via Microsoft Activation Centre over the internet (or by phone)

KMS lets you install your own activation system on your server, this is used to activate the clients rather than the MS Activation site

You decide which is best for you
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To use kms keys you need to have kms server in your organization. So better choose MAK. Only internet connection is required to activate.
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