Volume Activation Deployment Guide Windows 7

Use this guide to systemically deploy Volume Activation, including establishing a KMS host or using MAK within your environment.
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      This guide describes Microsoft® Volume Activation deployment concepts. Volume Activation consists of two technologies—Key Management Service (KMS) and Multiple Activation Key (MAK)—that allow Volume Licensing customers to activate Volume License editions of the Windows® 7 and Windows Server® 2008 R2 operating systems. The Volume Licensing Service Center at https://www.microsoft.com/licensing/servicecenter/ provides more information about Volume Licensing.

      When planning to use Volume Activation, an organization must choose KMS, MAK, or any combination of the two. The activation methods chosen depend on the needs of the organization and the network infrastructure. For more information about planning a Volume Activation deployment, see the Volume Activation Planning Guide.

      Note This document provides Volume Activation deployment guidance for the Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 operating systems. This guide does address interoperability between both generations of products, however. For more information about deploying Volume Activation for Windows Vista® and Windows Server 2008, see http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkID=75674.

      Note This guide describes procedures that run scripts and make changes to the registry. These rights can be delegated to selected information technology (IT) implementers, and the rights to change product keys and perform activations can even be assigned to users, although Microsoft does not recommend this practice.

      If activation fails, see the Volume Activation Operations Guide for troubleshooting help. The guide includes an error code reference with steps for resolving common issues.
  • Supported Operating System

    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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