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the key management service does not have enough computers registered

I just started getting this message on a 2008 64bit VM machine.  What is it and how do I fix it?

the key management service does not have enough computers registered
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J.R. Sitman
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KenMcFCommented:
Take a look at this link, it will not register any until it crosses the threshold.

"For computers running Windows Server 2008 or Windows Server 2008 R2, the activation threshold is five. For computers running Windows Vista or Windows 7, the activation threshold is 25. The thresholds include client computers and servers that are running on physical computers or virtual machines."


http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/ff793434.aspx
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kevinhsiehCommented:
In other words, you need more copies of Windows 2008 or Windows 7 on your network in order to get your KMS server to start handing out keys and the error to go away.
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J.R. SitmanAuthor Commented:
So if more computers are upgraded to Win7?    Until then I can basically ignore it.
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KenMcFCommented:
Yes, once you get more computers it will start issuing licenses.
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kevinhsiehCommented:
Will you have 25 Windows 7 or 5 windows 2008 R2 servers? If you won't, the KMS server isn't going to do anything for you and you will need to use MAK keys for activation. You can also just spin up a few more Windows 2008 R2 VMs until you hit 5 to get the KMS server going, and then shut down what you don't need.
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J.R. SitmanAuthor Commented:
I don't see it as a Service, so I'm guessing it can't be disabled?  Also we do use MAK keys.
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J.R. SitmanAuthor Commented:
Thanks
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kevinhsiehCommented:
KMS is easier then entering MAK keys, but they both do the job of activating you systems. If you are happy with MAK, you can continue to use them. Since I setup my KMS server I haven't had to worry about activating systems, which is very nice!

http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/ff719787.aspx

If you want to remove the KMS server, you can look at
http://arstechnica.com/civis/viewtopic.php?f=17&t=253278
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