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    Volume Activation in Disconnected Environment Guide Windows 7

    This guide is for IT pros maintaining the Windows® 7 and Windows Server® 2008 R2 operating systems in disconnected environments. It describes activation techniques for operating systems in environments with no Internet connectivity.
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        Product activation is the process of validating software with the manufacturer. Activation confirms the genuine status of a product and that the product key is not compromised. It is analogous to the activation of credit cards or new mobile phones. Activation establishes a relationship between the software’s product key and a particular installation of that software on a device.

        Volume Activation is a configurable solution that helps IT pros automate and manage the product-activation process on computers running the Windows Vista®, Windows® 7, Windows Server® 2008, and Windows Server 2008 R2 operating systems licensed under a Microsoft® Volume Licensing program and other programs that provide Volume Licensing editions of Windows. This guide provides information to assist in a Volume Activation deployment specifically for the Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 operating systems in disconnected networks, such as branch offices and high-security zones within a production environment.

        Volume Activation provides two models for completing volume activations: Key Management Service (KMS) and Multiple Activation Key (MAK). KMS allows organizations to activate systems within their own network, while MAK activates systems on a one-time basis using Microsoft’s hosted activation services. Customers can use either or both models to activate systems in their disconnected environment. For more information about both activation models, see the Volume Activation Planning Guide at, the Volume Activation Deployment Guide at, the Volume Activation Operations Guide at, and the Volume Activation Technical Reference Guide at
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      Windows 7, Windows Server 2008, Windows Server 2008 Datacenter, Windows Server 2008 Enterprise, Windows Server 2008 for Itanium-based Systems, Windows Server 2008 R2, Windows Server 2008 Standard, Windows Vista, Windows Vista Business, Windows Vista Enterprise

        Windows Server 2008 R2; Windows Server 2008; Windows Server 2008 Datacenter; Windows Server 2008 Enterprise; Windows Server 2008 for Itanium-based Systems; Windows Server 2008 Standard; Windows Vista; Windows Vista Business; Windows Vista Enterprise; Windows 7
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