Upgrade your existing KMS Service to support Windows 7 and Windows 2008 R2

If you are already running an existing KMS Service within your environment, and you do not plan to install a new KMS Service, the following information might be of interest if you have plans for deploying Windows 7 or Server 2008-R2 systems. Update for Windows Server 2003 (KB968915) http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=f3a0d90c-b7fd-44cf-bf81-11587adc599f&displaylang=en Update for Windows Server 2003 x64 Edition (KB968915) http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=1678151b-b577-476f-87da-df54024b98e2&displaylang=en An update is available that installs Key Management Service (KMS) 1.2 for Windows Server 2003 Service Pack Read More …

Fundamentals of Volume Activation

If you are looking for a very easy 5 minute video that explains Volume Activation for Windows 7, then click here Additional sources TechNet Volume Activation Volume Activation changes in Windows7 Windows 7 Activation Improvements

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/

Windows Volume Activation Demystified

Read the “Windows Volume Activation Demystified” article on TechNet Edge and get a complete overview and insight into Windows Volume Activation. For those that don’t like reading watch the Volume Activation Demo