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Windows 7 in a VDI environment can't activate to KMS Host

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I got around 50 Windows 7 Clients running on VMWare View.  I setup the Windows 7 Golden Image with a KMS License.  Now the 50 Windows 7 Clients needs to be activated through the KMS Host.  The Clients see the KMS Host, but the problem is according to Microsoft, that I need to have 25 PHYSICAL Windows 7 Clients to run with KMS.

That's a real issue as my virtual clients need to get activated.  What should I do?  Any advise?
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depending upon the level of VDI, you probably have only 1 operating system, and 50 clients using this operating system and with separate data and local storage added on. a possible work around is to copy the image 24 more times, run sysprep -reseal on each image, activate them, then delete them. this will tell the KMS host that you have 25 machines. Then you can then activate the others if needed using the original configuration.
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thanks ve3ofa, I'll try this out and will let you know.  I hope this procedure will work with virtual machines, as Microsoft specifically asks for 25 physical machines.

I'll try it out now and will let you know
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Go download this tool:  http://www.microsoft.com/download/en/details.aspx?displaylang=en&id=11936

It is a free tool from microsoft - it's scans your clients, you can install the KMS client key on them, then activate them to KMS.  

It will change your life.
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