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conversation MAK client to KMS client .

Hello All,

I have Windows server 2008 R2/2012 R2/2016 images which is installed with MAK key now i want to convert to KMS Key .

I  am little confused , How to convert MAK client to KMS client , I have gone through many MS article & blog which says
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You do not need to run slmgr /upk to uninstall the product key.
You should only need to run slmgr /ipk xxxxx-xxxxx-xxxxx-xxxxx-xxxxx-xxxxx.
Use the KMS client keys from the Volume Activation Deployment document:
http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?familyid=9893F83E-C8A5-4475-B025-66C6B38B46E3&displaylang=en
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My question here is KMS client key will be provided by the KMS host or this will be available to MS above mentioned link also
few of the articles saying  :
slmgr.vbs /ipk <KmsSetupKey>

Which  is correct method , please suggest ,its confusing !

Thanks
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Johnny
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Dariusz TykaICT Infrastructure Specialist Senior Commented:
You need to change MAK key to KMS key on client computer to be able to successfully activate against KMS server.
So you need to issue 'slmgr.vbs /ipk kms_key' on each client computer with MAK key.
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JohnnyAuthor Commented:
I am getting this suggestion as well .. is it correct ??

By default, Windows Vista and Windows Server 2008 are KMS clients. You can convert a KMS client to a MAK client and back again to a KMS client at anytime. Your computer must have access to a KMS host on your organization's network to complete this procedure.
 
To convert a MAK activation client to a KMS client:
 
1. Log on to the MAK client.
 
2. Open an elevated command prompt. To do this, click Start, click All Programs, click Accessories, right-click command prompt, and then click Run as administrator.
 
3. To install the KMS key, at the command prompt type the following, and then press Enter:
cscript \windows\system32\slmgr.vbs /ipk <KmsSetupKey>
 
Be sure to include the dash between each set of five characters.
 
4. To activate the computer as a KMS client, type the following at the command prompt, and then press Enter:
cscript \windows\system32\slmgr.vbs /ato
 
This script reports the success or failure of the procedure, along with a result code.
 
Additional information: KMS Client Setup Keys:
https://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/jj612867(v=ws.11).aspx
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JohnnyAuthor Commented:
@Dariusz Tyka

as you suggested :
need to issue 'slmgr.vbs /ipk kms_key' on each client computer with MAK key.

IPK will be KMS clent set up key ??

KMS Client Setup Keys:
https://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/jj612867(v=ws.11).aspx
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Dariusz TykaICT Infrastructure Specialist Senior Commented:
Yes IPK, will be client kms key. Have done it several times and it works as described.
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JohnnyAuthor Commented:
Thanks a lot @Dariusz Tyka

One more thing ..Do i need to unable to auto discovery from windows regedit key ?
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Dariusz TykaICT Infrastructure Specialist Senior Commented:
What registry key are you referring to? Client computers should be able to find KMS host via dns or active directory depending on your configuration.
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JohnnyAuthor Commented:
@Dariusz Tyka : I got it  .. Thanks for your clarification..

I have few clients which cann't talk to DNS for those shall i use this method , please confirm .

slmgr.vbs /skms <value>:<port>
where value is either the KMS_FQDN, IPv4Address, or NetbiosName of the KMS host and port is TCP port on the KMS host.
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Dariusz TykaICT Infrastructure Specialist Senior Commented:
Yes you are correct. You can point client conputers to specific KMS host using slmgr /skms command. But also remeber that if you change your KMS host later on you would need to retarget them to new host as well.
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JohnnyAuthor Commented:
@Dariusz Tyka

Thanks for your valuable suggestion :)
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JohnnyAuthor Commented:
@Dariusz Tyka

In reference to Manually Specifying a KMS Host.

1st i need to point the KMS using below command  & then 'slmgr.vbs /ipk kms_key' on each client computer with  KmsSetupKey. ??

slmgr.vbs /skms <value>:<port>
where value is either the KMS_FQDN, IPv4Address, or NetbiosName of the KMS host and port is TCP port on the KMS host.

Thanks
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Dariusz TykaICT Infrastructure Specialist Senior Commented:
It doesn't matter if you first change MAK 2 KMS key or point  your clients to KMS host. You simply need to do both changes in either order for clients to successfully activate against KMS host.
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JohnnyAuthor Commented:
Thanks Dariusz
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Dariusz TykaICT Infrastructure Specialist Senior Commented:
Hi Johnny

do you require any further assistance? If not pls close the question and distribute points.

Dariusz
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JohnnyAuthor Commented:
Sure @Dariusz
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JohnnyAuthor Commented:
Thanks for your help
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