KMS and MAK Activation using a single image file?

Discussion in 'Windows Vista General Discussion' started by joshbilsky, Sep 11, 2007.

  1. joshbilsky

    joshbilsky Guest

    I've been testing WinVista Enterprise over the past few months and
    been reading up on the license schemes. It seems to me that for a
    medium-large corporate environment, a combination of KMS activation
    (for machines that regularly connect to corporate LAN) and MAK
    activation (for field site machines/laptops that could be off the
    network for a while) would be the most logical approach.

    With that being said, is there a way, post-image (I've seen mention of
    a vb script), to force the machine to use one or the other? We have an
    enterprise agreement with MS so our Vista Enterprise DVD does not
    prompt for a key code during installation. I wasn't sure if the
    activation is something that needs to be set prior to image capture.
    The ideal situation would be to maintain a single "production" image
    that could be used with either activation scheme depending on the
    purpose of the machine.

    Thanks in advance!
    joshbilsky, Sep 11, 2007
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    Adam Leinss Guest

    wrote in
    Yes, there is a VBScript file included with Vista called slmgr.vbs.
    You can change the product key here and force activation. Basically,
    if you change it to the default product key, it will assume you are
    using KMS and look for a KMS server. Otherwise, you can supply a MAK
    and it will activate against Microsoft's servers.

    Adam Leinss, Sep 11, 2007
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    Seth Guest

    Create your image using the product key that is embedded in the Enterprise
    installation DVD. They key is the KMS key.

    When activating via KMS...

    cscript.exe c:\windows\system32\slmgr.vbs -ato (this assumes your KMS server
    is properly registered with DNS)

    will activate using the embedded product key against your KMS server

    Activating with MAK

    cscript.exe c:\windows\system32\slmgr.vbs -ipk <your MAK product key here>

    followed by

    cscript.exe c:\windows\system32\slmgr.vbs -ato

    to perform the activation
    Seth, Sep 12, 2007
  4. If you are using KMS don't specify a product key. If you plan on using a
    MAK for certain machines you could create a conditional task in the task
    sequence to run the slmgr.vbs script to add the MAK key and activate it.
    Tim Mintner \(MS\), Sep 13, 2007
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