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  • Blog Post: Office 365 ProPlus, multiple devices, and (de)activation

    Learn how to manage Office 365 ProPlus activations and deactivations when installing Office on multiple PCs or Macs. This post comes courtesy of our resident Office compatibility and deployment expert, Curtis Sawin. Overview Install limit reached…now what? One of the benefits of Office...
  • Blog Post: TechNet Tips assist you with Office 2010 volume activation and more

    If you are already familiar with Office 2010 administration and need a quick solution, TechNet Office 2010 tips will help you set up Office 2010 products and features. New tips are added periodically. The following tips can help to easily activate your Office 2010 volume licensed clients: Understand...
  • Blog Post: KMS 1.2 recommended for setting up an Office 2010 KMS host on Windows Server 2003

    To set up an Office 2010 KMS host on Windows Server 2003, you must install Key Management Service (KMS). Although the minimum required version is KMS 1.1, we highly recommend that you install KMS 1.2, which recognizes virtual computers as part of the activation count. To install KMS 1.2, follow the...
  • Blog Post: Office 2007 installed on retail computers is usually a trial version

    From time to time, we receive comments on our articles asking a variant of the question, “Where is my product key?” These comments are typically from retail customers whose trial version of Office 2007 has expired and is now asking them for a product key to continue using it. Many customers try the product...
  • Blog Post: What’s new in volume activation for Office 2013 Preview? Active Directory-Based Activation

    Office volume activation is an enterprise feature for volume-licensed editions of Office 2010 and Office 2013 Preview. In addition to the volume activation methods you used for Office 2010 - Multiple Activation Key (MAK) and Key Management Service (KMS), a new volume activation method is available for...
  • Blog Post: New download: Volume Licensing Program Guides, Datasheets, and FAQs

    The Microsoft Volume Licensing program guides provide comprehensive descriptions of Volume Licensing programs, including information about Microsoft Software Assurance. You can download these guides to get details about things such as program features, benefits, requirements, pricing, and agreement structure...
  • Blog Post: Configure Office 2010 to volume activate at the same time you install a MAK key

    If you are using the Office Customization Tool (OCT) to configure a Multiple Activation Key (MAK) key, you can also activate Office 2010 at the time that you install the MAK key. A MAK key is one of the methods that Office Activation Technologies provides for activating products licensed under Microsoft...
  • Blog Post: Migrate an Office 2013 KMS host from the command line or the UI

    Migrating an Office 2013 KMS host to another computer is similar to migrating an Office 2010 KMS host. You can find the basics for Office KMS host migration at Migrate an Office 2010 KMS host . For Office 2013, there is a new Microsoft Office 2013 KMS Host License Pack and activation ID. And if the...
  • Blog Post: New forum for Office 2010 volume activation

    Since the November 18 launch of the Microsoft Office 2010 public beta, many of you have installed and activated the Volume License version of Office 2010. The volume activation process is evolving with each new version of Office; to provide answers to issues and questions, there is now a public forum...
  • Blog Post: Announcing App-V 5.0 SP2 Support for Office 2013 Volume Licensing Editions

    Learn how to use the Office Deployment Tool to create App-V 5.0 SP2 packages for volume license versions of Office 2013. This post comes courtesy of our resident Click-to-Run/Office deployment expert, Jeremy Chapman. Announcing App-V 5.0 SP2 Support for Office 2013 Volume Licensing Editions Corresponding...
  • Blog Post: The Office 2010 KMS host is no longer supported on Windows Small Business Server 2003

    If you are creating an Office 2010 KMS host on Windows Server 2003, be aware that an Office 2010 KMS host is currently supported only on the Standard, Enterprise, and Datacenter editions of Windows Server 2003. Office 2010 KMS host on Windows Small Business Server 2003 is not supported. See the following...
  • Blog Post: Volume activation of Office 2013 –frequently asked questions

    If you’ve seen the TechNet article FAQ:Volume activation of Office 2010 , you know that it contains many frequently asked questions about Office 2010 volume activation, including Key Management Services (KMS) and Multiple Activation Key (MAK). The questions in the article apply to Office 2013 volume...
  • Blog Post: Why isn’t KMS counting activation requests?

    Learn some techniques to avoid error 0xC004F038 when using KMS to activate Office installations. Key Management Service (KMS) helps you activate multiple Office licenses over your local network, without requiring each computer to connect up to Microsoft for activation. Sometimes, though, KMS can appear...
  • Blog Post: Updated technical diagrams

    We have updated the following Technical Diagrams for Office 2010 . Click the links below to download the posters that you want. Deployment Options for Microsoft Office 2010 - Updated general graphics and OCT screenshot; updated text in the “Application virtualization” column....
  • Blog Post: Office 2010 volume activation scenarios available on TechNet

    In addition to the how-to volume activation (VA) articles published as part of the Office Resource Kit (ORK) , there are now several VA scenario articles. The scenarios focus on the most common use cases, providing granular examples of VA deployment. These use cases can assist you in determining the...
  • Blog Post: What’s new for IT Pros in the new Office release?

    We hope you’ve had a chance to try out the Consumer Preview release of the new Office, which has lots of new features and improvements to help you more easily manage your Office installations. You can find these features and improvements in What's new for IT professionals . The article summarizes...
  • Blog Post: Using the Office Customization Tool to install a KMS key for Visio 2010

    We've had questions about whether the Office Customization Tool can be used to install a Key Management Service (KMS) key for a volume licensed version of Visio 2010 Standard. The short answer is yes. Here are the details: The Enter another product key option in the Licensing and user interface section...
  • Blog Post: KMS host setup: Be sure you’ve installed the correct Office 2010 KMS Host License Pack

    When setting up a KMS host to activate Office 2010 clients, be sure to install the correct version of the Office 2010 KMS Host License Pack (KeyManagementServiceHost.exe), either RTM or Beta. Each license pack contains the license files required for the KMS host service to recognize the appropriate Office...
  • Blog Post: Managing Office 365 ProPlus installations: activating, deactivating, and reactivating

    Being able to install and use Office on up to 5 PCs at the same time is one benefit of your organization having an Office 365 subscription with Office 365 ProPlus . For example, a user could have Office installed on the following computers: a desktop computer in her office a laptop that she...
  • Blog Post: Tech Ed 2010 session videos are live

    Couldn’t make it to Tech Ed this year? Here is your chance to watch the session videos online. You can view the full list of videos, including the keynotes, on the TechEd Online site. The sessions listed below are tailored for Office IT Pros. · Microsoft Office 2010: Under the Hood Investments...
  • Blog Post: What’s new for IT professionals in Office 2010

    Office 2010 provides new features and improvements that help IT administrators configure, validate, deploy, and protect their Office installations. The following sections discuss changes in these areas and provide links to resources: Licensing and volume activation Office 2010 64-bit...