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Server 2008 KMS Host cannot import Windows 8 kms client key to VAMT 2.0

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I have KMS setup on a Windows Server 2008 R2.  I use VAMT 2.0 to import kms client keys so I can change MAK licenses to KMS.  I don't seem to be able to import any Windows 8 or Server 2012 keys.

I've installed the update referenced in Microsoft KB:2757817, and I installed a Server 2012 kms host key as referenced in Microsoft KB: 2752119, but I still cannot add any of the newer KMS client keys.

I'm guessing I don't really need to import the client keys, but it would be nice to be able to just to have them in VAMT.  Do I need a newer version of VAMT?  I couldn't find one.
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by:Felix Leven
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Yes, an update should be the first step. VAMT 3.1 is now part of the Windows ADK 8.1.

Download here:
http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=39982
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by:RhoSysAdmin
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ok. That answers that as far as VAMT goes.  Let me ask another question.  After the upgrade for the KMS service and installing the Server 2012 host key on my Server 2008 KMS host, I can see the Windows 8 kms client try to activate, but the license status is "Notification" which means it failed.  

on the client side, we see this:

C:\Users\tuser>cscript c:\windows\system32\slmgr.vbs /dli

Microsoft (R) Windows Script Host Version 5.8

Copyright (C) Microsoft Corporation. All rights reserved.



Name: Windows(R), Professional edition

Description: Windows(R) Operating System, VOLUME_KMSCLIENT channel

Partial Product Key: 9D6T9

License Status: Notification

Notification Reason: 0xC004F056.

Configured Activation Type: All

Please use slmgr.vbs /ato to activate and update KMS client information in order

to update values.




C:\Users\tuser>cscript c:\windows\system32\slmgr.vbs /ato

Microsoft (R) Windows Script Host Version 5.8

Copyright (C) Microsoft Corporation. All rights reserved.


Activating Windows(R), Professional edition (c06b6981-d7fd-4a35-b7b4-054742b7af6

7) ...

Error: 0xC004F074 The Software Licensing Service reported that the computer coul

d not be activated. No Key Management Service (KMS) could be contacted. Please s

ee the Application Event Log for additional information.
 9:26 AM 
Log Name: Application

Source: Microsoft-Windows-Security-SPP

Date: 1/28/2014 6:25:42 AM

Event ID: 12288

Task Category: None

Level: Information

Keywords: Classic

User: N/A

Computer: RhoVM216.ms.rhoworld.com

Description:

The client has sent an activation request to the key management service machine.

Info:

0x8007000D, 0x00000000, chh-dc1.ms.rhoworld.com:1688, 3be41984-059a-4a70-b297-56f278fa8669, 2014/01/28 14:25, 1, 5, 0, c06b6981-d7fd-4a35-b7b4-054742b7af67, 25

Event Xml:

<Event xmlns="http://schemas.microsoft.com/win/2004/08/events/event">

<System>

<Provider Name="Microsoft-Windows-Security-SPP" Guid="{E23B33B0-C8C9-472C-A5F9-F2BDFEA0F156}" EventSourceName="Software Protection Platform Service" />

<EventID Qualifiers="16384">12288</EventID>

<Version>0</Version>

<Level>4</Level>

<Task>0</Task>

<Opcode>0</Opcode>

<Keywords>0x80000000000000</Keywords>

<TimeCreated SystemTime="2014-01-28T14:25:42.000000000Z" />

<EventRecordID>2115</EventRecordID>

<Correlation />

<Execution ProcessID="0" ThreadID="0" />

<Channel>Application</Channel>

<Computer>RhoVM216.ms.rhoworld.com</Computer>

<Security />

</System>

 

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by:Felix Leven
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The Windows 8 Client uses a Windows 8 KMS key ? The Windows 7 kms key will not work

http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/jj612867
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by:RhoSysAdmin
ID: 39815344
To my knowledge we've not changed the kms key on the windows 8 box.  I'm just using VAMT 2.0 to check the status.  I'm not pushing a key to it.  Do you see something in the log that I'm not seeing that shows a Windows 7 kms key?
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Felix Leven earned 500 total points
ID: 39815398
GCRJD-8NW9H-F2CDX-CCM8D-9D6T9 -> Windows 8.1 key

then you Need this patch http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2885698/en-us
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by:RhoSysAdmin
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That patch requires a restart which I will have to do later tonight.  Thanks for the assist.  I will report back tonight or tomorrow.
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by:RhoSysAdmin
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Thank you!  After installing the patch, and after I finally got the correct KMS Host key installed (2012 R2), it is now activating our Windows 8.1 Pro test box.
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