Finding out which clients a KMS server can see

Posted on 2011-10-07
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Last Modified: 2012-05-12
We've reached a the critical mass of 25 Windows 7 PCs to start using KMS for licensing.
I've set up a KMS server on a server 2003 and it appears to be running OK. I have 12 Server 2008 R2 servers licencing from it.
When I run slmgr.vbs /dli it reports that the Current count is 17
I have installed VAM2 and got the 25 W7 PCs to the state where they have had their previous MAK licences cancelled and can all be seen (had to turn a couple of firewalls off) When I try to use VAM2 to activate the KMS licences it says
The Software Licensing Service reported that the computer could not be activated. The count reported by your Key Management Service (KMS) is insufficient. Please contact your system administrator.
I presume that this is because the KMS server can only see 17 (of which presumably 12 are servers). How can I find out which computers the KMS server can see as a first step to getting it to see the rest?
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brwwiggins earned 1000 total points
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There's not much reporting with KMS. That's where they want to sell you the VAMT.

You will have to search the event logs to see which machines activated. On the KMS server there is a Key Management System section in event viewer where you can see completed activations.

NOTE: The event viewer will log all activation attempts so you only need to look at entries with the 0x0 code which shows a successful activation.

Hope that helps.

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I got my PCs reporting to the KMS, they needed re-arming as most were Hyper-V copies of each other.
Thanks, the event log seem to be the only place to find the info, the VAMT doesn't seem to actually talk to the KMS at all, just the PCs/servers.

It could be so much easier, all it would need is a simple slmgr.vbs /list command!

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