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How to activate office 2010 and Window Server and Workstations through KMS

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Hi

My predecessors had configured the KMS server on our network, which is our main DC Windows 2008 enterprise.

I only realised that licensing was done through KMS server when all the PCs in the network was asking for Microsoft office (Product activation required) .
I checked all my servers it says I have 10 days left to activate.

Now two things:
Firstly I want to activate all the Client PC (Microsoft office 2010)  through KMS server.
Secondly I want to activate the servers and workstation licences through KMS.

I don’t have any experience , setting  and working with KMS  server, but I found the KMS server on our network, which is our DC. We have Microsoft EES and I have a valid KMS key with me.
Please let me know if you need more details.

Please, please post me the tutorials as how to do this step by step.

Your help much appreciated. Thanks for your help in advance.

Lianne
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Hello Lianne,

Have a look at the KMS Deployment Guide, which covers just about all there is to know and got me from knowing nothing to a successful deployment:
  http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/dd996589.aspx

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Alastair.
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When the Microsoft activation stated popping up on my DC , without knowing that there is KMS on the network I entered a MAK key in the KMS server . How do I remove the MAK and activate with KMS
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The following is taken from the KMS deployment guide :

Convert a MAK Activation Client to a KMS Client
By default, Windows Vista and Windows Server 2008 are KMS clients. You can convert a KMS client to a MAK client and back again to a KMS client at anytime. Your computer must have access to a KMS host on your organization's network to complete this procedure.

To convert a MAK activation client to a KMS client
1. Log on to the MAK client.
2. Open an elevated command prompt. To do this, click Start, click All Programs, click Accessories, right-click command prompt, and then click Run as administrator.
3. To install the KMS key, at the command prompt type the following, and then press Enter:
cscript \windows\system32\slmgr.vbs /ipk <KmsSetupKey>
Be sure to include the dash between each set of five characters.
4. To activate the computer as a KMS client, type the following at the command prompt, and then press Enter:
cscript \windows\system32\slmgr.vbs /ato
This script reports the success or failure of the procedure, along with a result code.

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Alastair.
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I was not sure , which server was a KMS host on our network , so  I entered the following command on my client windows 7PC  
nslookup -type=srv _vlmcs._tcp >%temp%\kms.txt

And I got the following in the kms.text , The Server1 is our main DC and Server2 is one of our proxy server.

Server:  Server1.domain.local
Address:  192.168.112.3

_vlmcs._tcp.domain.local      SRV service location:
        priority       = 0
        weight         = 0
        port           = 1688
        svr hostname   = Server2.domain.local
Server2.domain.local      internet address = 192.168.112.20


The  Server2 is one of the proxy server and it by passes the proxy. So I am confused whether Server1 or Server2 is the KMS Host.

Also in the DNS I can see a entry  for _VLMCS. If I right click and go to properties and   under the Host offering this service, it says in the window below : Server2

Do I need to C:\>slmgr-IPK ABCDE-FGHIJK-LMNOPQ-RSTUV-12345 on Server 1 or 2

Please suggest
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The DNS sever is : Server2.domain.local
The KMS server is: Server1.domain.local

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Alastair.
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Hi Alastair

We have two DNS servers in our network i.e.
Server1 (Main DC) and DNS
Server3(Our secondary DC) and secondary DNS

How can the DNS server be: Server2

Server2  is one of our window 2008 R2 proxy server

Do you mean the other way around please confirm
The DNS sever is : Server1.domain.local
The KMS server is: Server2.domain.local

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I've just re-read that, sorry I've put them the wrong way around.

Server2 is the KMS server and the one that you need to do the slmgr command on.
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Hi Alastair

On our EES portal i was given a KMS key. Before posting this on the experts exchange. I initially thought that my Server1 was the KMS host and it was running Windows 2008 Enterprise edition and i did the  
C:\windows\system32>cscript slmgr.vbs /ipk abcde-fghij-klmno-pqrst-1234

and i got an error the product key is invalid.

I contacted my microsoft volume licensing reseller about the invalid key error and the asked me which OS your KMS is hosted and i told it was Windows 2008 enterprise and i think they spoke to microsoft and now they have given a new KMS key.

Now as i found that Server2  is running on  Window 2008 R2  , will i be able to use this new key or will i need a different KMS key for Windows 2008R2.

Thanks for you help!
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I do not know if when the KMS key is generate it is based on the target OS of the KMS server - I've had a quick look and cant find an answer.  The client KMS keys certainly are OS specific.  I think it's worth a call to your license reseller to clarify that.

However, as the KMS server appears not to be successfully working, I'd get clarification on that key, while continuing to run through the rest of the troubleshooting to get the clients successfully:
  How to troubleshoot the Key Management Service (KMS)
  http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/ee939272.aspx

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Alastair.
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Hi Alastair

As my supplier has given me a new KMS key to be activated on Server1( Windows Enterprise edition).
I don't feel like asking him again another key if I have to make Server2 as KMS Host which runs on Windows 2008R2.

Moreover Server2 is one of our proxy servers and do you think it will be a good idea to Designate our KMS Host as Server1.

If so how do I remove the old _VLMCS  SRV entry of Server2 from the DNS ?
Do I need to manually delete the SRV entry in the DNS or use any commands.

I am keen to sort this as soon as possible , because we have only few days for the grace period to expire. I will keep posted as how I get on.

Thanks so much.
Lianne
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How many clients and servers do you have in total?  Just checking that you have more than the 25 count necessary to KMS.

So, Server2 is currently your KMS server, but we are unsure about wether the key you have for it is correct or not and also you have clients are not activated.

You should not worry about asking your supplier for another key, you are their customer and I'm sure they will be happy to help.

However, it will be fine to use Server1 instead, as clients have access to it and you have a key that will work on it.  To do that, register the key on there, that will cause DNS to be updated to include the vlmcs srv record from server1.  
Once you see that has happened, you can then remove KMS from server 2.
The steps to remove KMS are nicely documented here : http://www.rivnet.ro/2013/02/how-to-remove-a-kms-server-from-your-infrastructure.html

Regards,
Alastair.
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