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Good Afternoon,

We’ve just noticed that we have 2 KMS servers on our network.

ServerKMS - Windows Server 2008 R2 Enterprise SP1
DC01 - Windows Server 2008 R2 Datacenter SP1

One we set up the other day “ServerKMS” and another one on our primary DC “DC01”, which looks like it was installed a few years ago.

C:\Users\XXXXX>nslookup -q=srv _vlmcs._tcp.domain.com
Server:  DC01.domain.com
Address:  123.456.78.9

_vlmcs._tcp.domain.com       SRV service location:
          priority       = 0
          weight         = 0
          port           = 1688
          svr hostname   = ServerKMS.domain.com
_vlmcs._tcp.domain.com       SRV service location:
          priority       = 0
          weight         = 0
          port           = 1688
          svr hostname   = DC01.domain.com
ServerKMS.domain.com    internet address = 987.654.32.1
ServerKMS.domain.com    AAAA IPv6 address = 2014:abcd:efgh::ijkl:mnop
DC01.domain.com      internet address = 123.456.78.9

We want all of our workstations and servers to only look for “ServerKMS” for the Microsoft licensing and not “DC01”.

I found this article which explains just how to do this:
http://www.rivnet.ro/2013/02/how-to-remove-a-kms-server-from-your-infrastructure.html

But this article involves changing the key as well as a few other things. Since DC01 is our primary DC, we want to do as little as possible with interfering with the key it’s using.

So I am wondering, if we were just to remove the “_VLMCS” record from the DNS server (highlighted below), would this be OK?

dns
Is it OK to leave DC01 with a KMS key instead of a MAK key?

We only want to use “ServerKMS” as our one and only KMS server.

Kindly advise.

Regards,
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yeap if you remove the additional service record then no workstation/server will autodiscover the service.

you might be left with servers still registered to the KMS server which could still be activating from it

having read through the article it wont have any effect on the DC other than stopping the KMS service which will sort servers trying to activate it
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by:nobushi
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Thank you for your reply.

One more question for you. If we were to change the key of DC01 from a KMS key to a MAK key, would there be any problems with the functionality of the DC?

We know already that we would lose the KMS functionality, but again we want this to be removed anyway. But what about anything else? Would replaceing the key to a MAK be a simple switch and not cause any undesirable affects?

Kindly advise.

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Nevermind I found my answer.
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