KMS and MAK Key question

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I am going to setup a KMS server.  Question is: when I have a new computer.  Do I have to enter a KMS activation key or MAK activation key?

 If I have to enter the MAK activation key, what is the point of the KMS key?
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Do I have to enter a KMS activation key or MAK activation key?
MAK keys only since it is Multiple Activation Keys.
Each MAK key is a good for a specific number of device activations. You configure a MAK key by typing it in during Windows Setup or by changing it through the System dialog after installation. When you try to activate your MAK-configured software it will connect to Microsoft’s activation service, verify the key, and subtract 1 from the number of activations still available. Because activation counts are not “returned” when you wipe a hard drive or reinstall your operating system, MAK keys are best suited for situations where machines are not reinstalled or re-imaged often. MAK is most appropriate on clients that spend a significant amount of time disconnected from the corporate network.

If I have to enter the MAK activation key, what is the point of the KMS key?
KMS stands for Key Management Service, this is for the Licensing server to be properly registered and identifiable by Microsoft central licensing server.
We configure KMS Clients (Windows Vista, 7, or 8 devices) with a generic product key that tells the Activation process to activate using KMS. You must configure a server within your corporate network with the Software Licensing Service and your KMS key. This is the only device that will actually need to connect to the Internet to verify its product key. Your clients will use DNS to find the licensing server and activate against it instead of connecting to Microsoft’s licensing service over the Internet.
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Question is: when I have a new computer.  Do I have to enter a KMS activation key or MAK activation key?
On the clients you enter the generic KM client keys
https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/windows-server/get-started/kmsclientkeys

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