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Windows Server 2012 R2 Domain Controller Automatically becoming KMS Server

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Currently we have a 2008 R2 KMS server that licenses everything from Windows 7, Server 2008-2012 and Office without any issues. We just installed 3 new 2012 R2 domain controllers in new locations and these servers have automatically started to act like KMS servers and put in DNS information which is causing us problems.

These servers were activated with a KMS license from our existing KMS server but have never had the Volume Activation role/feature installed. We also have other 2012 R2 servers deployed that are not domain controllers and they do not act like this.

I do not know about the changes that happen with 2012 R2 and KMS so is this something by design? Is there a way to turn this off?
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Cliff Galiher earned 2000 total points
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"These servers were activated with a KMS license"

If you activated with a KMS key then, yes, you were instructing the server to act as a KMS server. That is by design.  

If you want a server (or a client OS for that matter) to activate against another KMS, you shouldn't use a KMS key to activate. You should use a GLVK. VL media installs with a GLVK by default so when installed properly, *no* key is required to work in an existing KMS environment.

If you don't want to use KMS, MAK keys or ADVA (for 2012/8.1 only) is the way to go.

You only use a KMS key when setting up a KMS server. Always. That isn't new to 2012 either. That has always been how KMS was designed to work. One KMS key for a KMS server, and GLVK for all other clients or servers to activate against the KMS server.
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Cliff,

Thank you! I've always wondered the difference between CSVLK and GLVK but never researched it. That is exactly what my issue is as I've been putting CSVLK codes in (I just thought the codes on the licensing website where for KMS clients). The question I have for you is that I have quite a bit of CSVLK codes in my VAMT console. Can I just remove them without causing any issues? I didn't know if I would have to keep one for the main KMS server.

Thanks,
Justin
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You'll want to keep one on your legitimate KMS server.
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