woensdag 5 maart 2008 12:45
Key Management Service (KMS) for Windows Server 2003 Update - version 1.1
As I mentioned in a previous post on Volume Activation for Windows Server 2008, the current Windows Server 2003 based KMS (Key Management) activation infrastructure requires an update to support Windows Server 2008 systems and Virtualization.
Microsoft Key Management Service (KMS) for Windows Server 2003 SP1 and later is part of Microsoft Windows Volume Activation 2.0.
It allows enterprise users to host KMS on Windows Server 2003 to enable activation of Windows Vista and Windows Server 2008 using a KMS key.
Microsoft Volume Activation 2.0 is a set of technical and policy solutions provided by Microsoft’s Software Protection Platform (SPP) that gives Microsoft customers more secure and easier methods to manage their volume license keys.
KMS based activation allows enterprise customers to host a local service (read: KMS) within their environment to enable activation of machines running Windows Vista and Windows Server 2008 volume editions within their environment, instead of activation directly with Microsoft.
Computers that have been activated using KMS are required to reactivate by connecting to a KMS host at least once every 6 months + 30 days (Out of Tolerance). KMS keys are provided through Microsoft’s Volume Licensing System portals (MVLS, eOpen). The KMS host needs to be activated once with Microsoft either online or via telephone.
KMS version 1.1 for Windows Server 2003 provides the same feature set as version 1.0 and the following additional functionality: A single KMS host which support volume license editions of both Windows Vista RTM/SP1 and Windows Server 2008 Running KMS version 1.1 in a Windows Server 2003 virtual machine.
Download here (x86) or here (x64).
Related reading: Windows Server 2008, Volume Activation 2.0 and KMS (Key Management Server)
Filed under: WindowsServer2008, Virtualization