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  • Blog Post: General activation concepts

    Today’s blog posting is based on documentation written for our activation specialists to answer some of the most common questions for customers that are new to our current activation technologies.   Depending on the size of your organization and your familiarity with our current technologies, activation...
  • Blog Post: Update to KB968912

    Hello, my name is Scott McArthur. I am a Senior Support Escalation Engineer in the Windows group and today’s blog will cover a number of issues we have encountered here in support with the following update. These updates will eventually be incorporated into the Knowledge Base article but we wanted to...
  • Blog Post: Installing Volume Activation Services Role in Windows Server 2012 to Configure ADBA

    Hello, Today’s blog will walk you through installing the Volume Activation services role on Windows Server 2012 so you can configure Active Directory Based Activation (ADBA). Initial Configuration of Active Directory Based Activation 1. After installing Windows Server 2012 open Server Manager and choose...
  • Blog Post: Installing Volume Activation Services Role in Windows Server 2012 to setup a KMS Host

    Hi, Today’s blog will walk you through installing the Volume Activation services role on Windows Server 2012 so you can setup a new Windows Server 2012 KMS host. Initial Configuration of a new Windows Server 2012 KMS host 1. After installing Windows Server 2012 open Server Manager and choose “Add roles...
  • Blog Post: Experiencing problems with Product Activation?

    For those people that were unaware, the Windows group released a Product Activation Announcement regarding the changes and impacts to Windows Server 2008 method of activation.  Since Windows Server 2008 uses the same activation method as Windows Vista, the error codes reported for Windows Server...
  • Blog Post: KMS 1.1 For Windows Server 2003 Installation Issues

    KMS 1.1 For Windows Server 2003 Installation Issues Hello my name is Scott McArthur and I am a support escalation engineer in the Windows Platforms group and specialize in activation issues. We have had a number of support calls around issues with KMS 1.1 for Windows Server 2003. There are two different...
  • Blog Post: KMS_Error_0xC004C008_Activating_Client

    Hello, my name is Scott McArthur. I am a Senior Support Escalation Manager in the Windows group and today’s blog will cover KMS volume Activation. With Windows Vista we introduced 2 methods for activating volume license versions of Windows. Key Management Service (KMS) and Multiple Activation Key (MAK...
  • Blog Post: KMS Host Client Count not Increasing Due to Duplicate CMID'S

    Hello, my name is Scott McArthur.   I am a Senior Support Escalation Engineer in the Windows group and today’s blog will cover an issue involving KMS activation and deployment of images.     This issue seems to be more prevalent today due to the various tools used to clone images...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Deployment Toolkit 2012 Update1 Media Deployment USB drive for UEFI computer

    In today’s blog I am going to cover an issue related to using Microsoft Deployment Toolkit 2012 Update1 to deploy an image to Surface Pro using media deployment point. Notes: This issue is not specific to Surface Pro and could occur with other UEFI computers. This may be addressed in later version of...
  • Blog Post: How To Verify or Check your KMS/MAK Product Key

    Hello, my name is Scott McArthur. I am a Senior Support Escalation Engineer in the Windows group and today’s blog will cover a common question we get involving product keys. Many times you may have a product key but you need to find out what type of key it is. We will use the VAMT 2.0 tool to accomplish...
  • Blog Post: KMS Count is not increasing

    Today’s blog will cover KMS volume activation and the KMS count. Many times customers will contact us and report that their KMS count is not as high as they think it should be or it is not increasing. You may also see the following error message when you try to activate 0xc004f038:  The Software...
  • Blog Post: Windows 8 and Windows Server 2012 Recommendations for Activation

    Hi, 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 Installing the Volume Activation Services Role in Windows Server 2012 to setup a KMS host Installing the Volume Activation...
  • Blog Post: How To: Activate Windows Server 2008 Core Edition with MAK key over the phone

    Hello my name is Scott McArthur and I am a Senior Support Escalation Engineer in the Windows group. Today we are going to discuss the steps to activate Windows Server 2008 Core edition using a MAK key via the phone. It is much easier to activate via the Internet but for those computers that do not have...
  • Blog Post: Invalid Product Key Error Specifying MAK key in unattend.xml

    Hello, my name is Scott McArthur.   I am a Senior Support Escalation Engineer in the Windows group and today’s blog will cover an issue involving specifying MAK Product Keys during setup of Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2.   When deploying a Volume License (VL) version of Windows 7 or...
  • Blog Post: Activating virtual machines via Automatic Virtual Machine Activation in Windows Server 2012 R2

    Hello, My name is Mayank Sharma and I am a Support Engineer in Windows Platforms Support Team. In this blog, I am going to discuss a very exciting addition to Windows Server 2012 R2, called as AVMA (Automatic Virtual Machine Activation). As the name suggests, this feature allows automatic activation...