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KMS Server, Licensing, Windows 7 Enterprise, Server 2008 R2

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Hi,
I have added the KMS licence key to the KMS server. do I need to do this to all the KMS servers? we have three on our network.

as it seems days later and still no fix. we have windows 7 enterprise running, and the expiry countdown is at 21 days. we have purchased the license for the KMS server. but still nothing.

any advice. I have net stopped and started the server. not sure if I have to make the changes to all KMS servers too.

Any assistance please. inc command line and anything I can check. please include command line instructions

AJ
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You only have to implement the key once........ But, on other devices you need to use slmgr.vbs to register them with the KMS server.
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You would have to install the key on all 3 servers. Each one has a srv record, so the Win 7 client could choose any one of the 3.

You might not want to have 2 KMS servers. They don't talk to each other, so each KMS server will need 25 activation requests from Windows 7.
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thanks for the info ernie, gave great info.

Up Grayed,

what do you mean you might not want to have 2KMS servers.

I am new to my environment. I have found that there is two Server 2008 R2 servers with KMS and one Server 2003 with KMS on the same site.

now I am told after running the instruction set to release and renew the license that the server it self is not validated.... not sure what I broke. need to review that.

will close soon and assign points. just waiting on reply
AJ

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That's weird. On the KMS server itself you should just enter the key the normal way (like during install) it would then give you a warning that you're installing a KMS key and that would be it....
Remember, use a 2008R2 kms server. With that you can license all 'lesser' and earlier versions (2008R2, 2008, 7 pro&enterprise and vista pro and enterprpise).
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Ok, my guess is that whoever installed the 2008 servers entered the KMS key during install, thinking it was like the old volume license key. They didn't realize they were creating KMS servers in the process.
To fix that, just change the product key on those servers to the default product key.
http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/ff793406.aspx
http://www.edugeek.net/forums/licensing-questions/50536-kms-client-setup-keys.html

The reason you don't want more than one KMS server is this. It introduces complexity without creating any value. There is almost nothing to gain by having redundant KMS servers. KMS clients don't immediately deactivate if they can't find a KMS server, there's a 30 day grace period. KMS servers don't share a database, so the activation threshold applies to each server. Each one would have to activate 25 Windows 7 clients. Also, you have to install and activate product keys on all 3 servers instead of just one. It's probably more work to manage 3 KMS servers than to manage one, and reinstall KMS if necessary.

btw, I'm using a single KMS server in a 24/7 global manufacturing environment.
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Awesome responces and helped me get it going.  Understand what I needed. pulled back KMS from systems and pushed on 08R2 only.

Validation in process and happy hits from all that are logged on to our network! thanks both of your for great advice and links with informative instructions :) Im not normaly a link guy, but they are good links! :)

Kaotx
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