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I recently set up a KMS host with the help of a previous EE post.  Will this validate all my windows products such as Server, Workstation, and Office for my KMS clients or do I need to add more to my configured KMS host?
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by:RantCan
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You want to install the KMS manager for Office, if you have 2010, 2013, 2016, etc.  Here is a write up, which has a link to the install.

https://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/dn385356.aspx

Have you added your DNS entries? Have you ensured that the VAMT tool is installed? This will help show you KMS/MAK keys. If you want to install KMS keys over MAK keys on individual PCs, you can certainly do this via cmd or powershell, using the slmgr.vbs on each machine.
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My DNS entries are there but not sure what the VAMT tool is.
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The VAMT is what you use to manage the keys in your organization. Here is a walkthrough that covers it, as well as other portions. You can manage KMS without it, but it makes it so much easier.

http://www.terminalworks.com/blog/post/2015/12/13/volume-activation-management-tool-3-1-implementing-and-activating

You can probably disregard the section on proxy activation.
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@InSearchOf --

Did this help you sort out your KMS situation?
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I am still trying to get into my VLC to get the needed KMS key. This two level authentication is a problem.
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Agreed. You might try calling the 800 and getting to VLSC support; they can usually aid you with access, etc. Below is the US info, but you can select any country from the drop down.

https://www.microsoft.com/licensing/servicecenter/Help/Contact.aspx

Support Center Contact Info
Country:      United States
Email(s):
vlserva@microsoft.com
Toll Free Number(s):
(866) 230-0560
Hours of Operation:
5 AM – 5 PM PST Mon - Fri
Languages Supported:
English and French
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OK. I found the KMS key on some documentation I found in one the file cabinets. I followed the link you provided and down loaded and ran the executable and added the key. It said it is ready for activations. How do I point clients to use KMS?
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This is where KMS uses DNS. Once you publish your KMS service, an entry for the hostname of the server is entered into your Root DNS zone (assuming you are using Windows DNS servers).  You must configure the clients to use a GENERIC KMS key by using slmgr.vbs (for windows) and ospp.vbs (for office).  You must only install the KMS Host key on the KMS HOST!

Generic KMS keys for WIndows are listed here: https://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/jj612867(v=ws.11).aspx

The office ones are here: https://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/dn385360.aspx

Here is a technet with specifics on preparing clients for KMS:  https://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/ff793406.aspx
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Thanks for all the help. I was taking a look at that VAMT utility. It seems like a lot of steps to go through to accomplish something that should happen automatically in the background. Isn't the point of KMS for clients to activate automatically?
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