Microsoft Enterprise Platforms Support: Windows Server Core Team
Today’s blog will cover the options available if you are deploying Windows 8 and/or Windows Server 2012 to an existing KMS activation configuration. It references two other blogs
The following are a few common configurations and options. This should not be considered an exhaustive list of possible solutions since every deployment can be slightly different and have different goals and planning needs. When considering options the important question is if you are willing to update your schema level using Adprep. If not then Active Directory Based Activation is off the table although you can always do it later. You also need to consider Office activation if you are using Office
Windows Server 2003 KMS hosts cannot install Windows 8 or Windows Server 2012 CSVLK’s. There will be no update to support Windows 8 or Windows Server 2012 CSVLK’s
Option #1 (Mix of KMS host and ADBA)
Option #2 (KMS host only)
Option #1 (mix of KMS host and ADBA)
Option #2 (Replace KMS host)
Option #3(Maintain existing KMS host)
The other factor that must be looked at when picking a solution is to determine how you will handle Office 2010 or Office 2013 activation. For additional information on Office see the following links:
Scott McArthur Senior Support Escalation Engineer Microsoft Commercial Support & Services
great post guys, this will be getting loads of referrals from the TN forums!
The link for "How to setup Active Directory-based Activation Host for Microsoft Office 2013" is incorrect. You can copy&paste, deleting the first part, and it's OK.
@Shane: Thanks for the feedback. I had the link corrected
Hi Scott, I need your help. I have existing Windows Server 2008R2 KMS which activates Windows 7 clients. My network has mix clients meaning, some users are on Windows 7 and some are on Windows 8. I need to add windows 8 licence in KMS and still have windows 7 licence active to activate any new windows 7 clients deployements. In short, I want to have both Windows 7 and Windows 8 on my KMS for activations. How can I go about that