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KMS not activating Windows 7 machines

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I have set up KMS on a Windows 2008 SR2 machine. As best as I can tell everything is set up correctly. All of our machines are currently activating using MAK keys.

I created a batch file that runs the following commands:
slmgr.vbs /ipk 33PXH-7Y6KF-2VJC9-XBBR8-HVTHH (key is in the technet article)
slmgr.vbs /ato

I can see in the event viewer where machines are contacting the server to activate. I ran slmgr.vbs /dli to see what the machine count was that had activated and it's only at 3 even though over 25 machines have contacted the server for activation.

 slmgr.vbs /dli output
What do I need to do to make the count increase so that machines will actually activate?
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by:sfossupport
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The 2 key issues that I have run into with kms are:
1. The time/date must be correct for the client.
2. DNS both forward and reverse must be working for the client ip.

Check these on the failing clients
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by:Krzysztof Pytko
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When you have KMS server you don't have to use product key directly on client

You need to use

slmgr /skms <KMSServerName>:<PortNumber>
slmgr /ato

that's all

Check in DNS management console in Forward Lookup zone in yur DNS zone under _tcp folder if you can see something like _VLMCS record? There you will find KMS server name and port on which is listening to

Regards,
Krzysztof
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by:ASD_IT
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Yes, the _VLMCS record is in DNS. I am trying to convert machines that are already using MAK keys to using the KMS server. The MAK key is already entered into the image (we do not use sysprep, these are ghost images) so the machines are not going to search for the KMS server to activate.
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by:Krzysztof Pytko
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so, try first with

slmgr -rearm

to reset licensing status

Krzysztof
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On the server or every workstation?
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On each workstation (but first, try only one one Just in case ;) )

Krzysztof
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The problem is that we have duplicate CMIDs. We do not use sysprep for imaging.
I tried issuing an slmgr.vbs /rearm on a client machine, the CMID stayed the same.
Looks like we will not be able to use KMS unless a way becomes available to change the CMID.
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