Office 365 PowerShell script to retrieve AccountSku license information

A small PowerShell script that lists all users that have the specified Office 365 AccountSkuid enabled on their account.

PowerShell Script to remove Office 365 Service Plans from a user

When assigning an Office 365 license to a user, by default several service plans are enabled. When assigning an Office 365 E3 license to a user, the following service plans are enabled by default: Azure Rights Management Office 365 Pro Plus Skype for Business Online (Plan 2) Office Online SharePoint Online (Plan 2) Exchange Online (Plan 2) From an end user perspective the user will see the following options when logging on to Office 365. Read More …

Windows 8 – Troubleshooting Licensing with licensingdiag.exe

Should you encounter problems with activating Windows 8 or Server 2012 then have a look at the new added command-line tool licensingdiag.exe. To run licensingdiag.exe open a command prompt and enter the following command: licensingdiag.exe -report c:\data\licensing\licenserep.xml -log c:\data\licensing\license.cab This will create a log file and a CAB file. The log file is an XML type file that contains various information about the client, the OS and its licensing status. The CAB file contains a Read More …

Windows 8 Active Directory based volume activation

Windows Server 8 comes with a new role called Volume Activation Services. The Volume Activation Service allows IT administrators to enable volume activation for domain joined systems using a Key Management Service Host (KMS) or Active Directory based Activation. This means in theory that going forward there is no need anymore to install and manage a separate infrastructure for volume activation of Windows clients, servers and office, but according to the article “What’s new in Read More …

ReadTip: Resources for Windows and Office license activation with XenDesktop

Below just a few resources I have collected related to Windows and Office license activation with XenDesktop. Licensing is not an exciting topic but we have to deal with it anyway. KMS Configuration using Citrix Provisioning Services Citrix Managing Microsoft KMS Volume Licensing Citrix Configuring Microsoft MAK Volume Licensing Citrix XenDesktop 5 Support Statement for Microsoft KMS activation with Machine Creation Services (MCS) Licensing Windows for VDI environments What is Microsoft VDA Licensing?

ReadTip: General (Windows) activation concepts (KMS/MAK)

A great article from Kevin Ledman – Microsoft Platforms Support, covering the following topics around Windows activation: What is KMS? What is MAK? What do you consider your ‘current operating systems? How do I know what I have available to me? I see both keys on the volume website, so I guess I have both options. Now what? I don’t have enough machines to use KMS, so I’ll use MAK. What do I do now? Read More …

Frequently Asked Questions About Volume License Keys

A good FAQ about Microsoft Volume licensing. Details here

Microsoft VDI Suite License review

Brian Madden has done an analysis on the Microsoft VDI Suite License bundles. Read the entire article here

Volume Activation changes in Windows7

Here is another video from TechnetEdge talking about the changes in volume activation for Windows7. What I found interesting to hear is that there will be a patch available for your current KMS server running on Windows Server 2003 or 2008 that will allow your current KMS system recognizing Windows7 clients. http://edge.technet.com/Media/Volume-Activation-changes-in-Windows-7/

Microsoft Volume Licensing

Most recent Microsoft Volume Licensing documentation can be found here: http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=e8798816-b0ba-4337-ba38-8fe2cf32b5d8&DisplayLang=en