Windows Server 2008 R2 KMS Host
Posted on 2014-03-05
I have been researching this a lot and cannot find a specific answer to my specific question. Maybe I am missing something but I was just wondering if this is possible?
So back story is, we have a school that is looking to buy new windows 7 machines for a windows domain environment that is running an active directory domain controller on a Dell OEM Server with Windows Server 2008 R2 Standard on it.
We want to make this server a KMS host server so it can communicate and activate all these new Windows 7 workstations we want to deploy. We already have a volume license for the workstations so we have KMS keys for Windows 7 clients.
What we do not have yet is KMS Host Volume License key for our Windows Server 2008 R2 Standard. After doing some research, I have found that we will need a "Windows Server 2008R2 Std/Ent KMS B" volume license key in order to make this the KMS Host Server.
My question is, if purchase this key from Microsoft Volume Licensing, which I believe I will have to purchase a Server 2012 volume license key so I have downgrade rights to 2008 R2 Standard server, Can I just change our current Dell OEM 2008 R2 standard server product key to the KMS Host key from Microsoft and thereby making this server a KMS Host server? Will this work?
Thank you in advance