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Server 2012 R2 / Windows 8.1 : How to update your (legacy) KMS server

As of October 18 2013, Microsoft released Windows 8.1 and Server 2012 R2.

When you try to activate your KMS license key, in your KMS server, the KMS server dos not recognize these new keys.

This can be solved by updating your KMS server:

 

 

For updating you KMS / VAMT server to version 3.1 see my new post :

https://www.vspbreda.nl/nl/2013/10/windows-8-1-2012-r2-how-to-add-new-product-keys-to-your-kms-server-upgrade-your-vamt-3-0/

 

 

This update extends the Key Management Service (KMS) for Windows Vista, Windows Server 2008, Windows 7, Windows Server 2008 R2, Windows 8, and Windows Server 2012 to enable the enterprise licensing of Windows 8.1 and Windows Server 2012 R2.

KMS provides support for the following KMS client activations:

 

Windows Vista

Windows Server 2008

Windows 7

Windows Server 2008 R2

Windows 8

Windows Server 2012

Windows 8.1

Windows Server 2012 R2

KMS uses a KMS host key to activate itself on a KMS host and to establish a local activation service in your environment. This update extends support for KMS to provide activation for Windows 8.1 and for Windows Server 2012 R2.

 

Microsoft Blog:

http://blogs.windows.com/windows/b/springboard/archive/2013/10/18/windows-8-1-general-availability-the-it-pro-perspective.aspx

What about activation?

If you are using a down-level Key Management Service (KMS) to activate your Windows 8.1 devices, you will need to update your KMS server. The update is available for download now and extends the Key Management Service (KMS) for Windows Vista, Windows Server 2008, Windows 7, Windows Server 2008 R2, Windows 8, and Windows Server 2012 to enable the enterprise licensing of Windows 8.1 and Windows Server 2012 R2. New KMS keys are required to activate Windows 8.1; you can get your keys from the Volume Licensing Service Center (VLSC).

Download the update:

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2885698/en-us

Installation instructions

If you have a KMS host that is running Windows Vista, Windows Server 2008, Windows 7, Windows Server 2008 R2, Windows 8, or Windows Server 2012, follow these steps to perform an upgrade:

  • Install this update (update 2885698).
  • Restart the computer when you are prompted to do so.
  • To install a new KMS host key for Windows 8.1 activation or for Windows Server 2012 R2 activation, run the following command:

    cscript %windir%\system32\slmgr.vbs /ipk <KMS host key>

    Note In this command, “<KMS host key>” is a placeholder for the new KMS host key for Windows 8.1 activation or for Windows Server 2012 R2 activation.

    Important Every KMS host key is associated with a group of Windows editions. Additionally, a KMS host key that is associated with Windows client operating systems cannot be installed on Windows server operating systems, and vice-versa. This is true for all Windows operating systems except for Windows Server 2003. If you install a KMS host key on a Windows operating system that is not associated with that host key, you receive the following error message:

    0xc004f015: The Software Licensing Service reported that the license is not installed.
    SL_E_PRODUCT_SKU_NOT_INSTALLED

    For example, you may receive this error message in the following situations:

    • You try to install a Windows 7 KMS host key (CSVLK) on a Windows Server 2008 R2 KMS host.
    • You try to install a Windows 8 KMS host key (CSVLK) on a Windows Server 2008 R2 KMS host or a Windows Server 2012 KMS host.
    • You try to install a Windows 8.1 KMS host key (CSVLK) on a Windows Server 2008 R2 KMS host or a Windows Server 2012 KMS host or a Windows Server 2012R2 KMS host.
  • To activate the new KMS host key on the host computer, run the following command:

    cscript %windir%\system32\slmgr.vbs /ato

  • On an existing Windows Vista or Windows Server 2008 KMS host, restart the service by running the following command:

    net stop slsvc && net start slsvc

 

Get your keys from:

https://www.microsoft.com/Licensing/servicecenter/default.aspx

 

Appendix A: KMS Client Setup Keys

http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/jj612867.aspx

Computers that are running volume licensing editions of Windows 8, Windows Server 2012 R2, Windows 8, Windows Server 2012, Windows 7, Windows Server 2008 R2, Windows Vista, and Windows Server 2008 are, by default, KMS clients with no additional configuration needed.

If you are converting a computer from a KMS host, MAK, or retail edition of Windows to a KMS client, install the applicable setup key (GVLK) from the following tables.

 

Automatic Virtual Machine Activation

http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/dn303421.aspx

Automatic Virtual Machine Activation (AVMA) acts as a proof-of-purchase mechanism, helping to ensure that Windows products are used in accordance with the Product Use Rights and Microsoft Software License Terms.

AVMA lets you install virtual machines on a properly activated Windows server without having to manage product keys for each individual virtual machine, even in disconnected environments. AVMA binds the virtual machine activation to the licensed virtualization server and activates the virtual machine when it starts up. AVMA also provides real-time reporting on usage and historical data on the license state of the virtual machine. Reporting and tracking data is available on the virtualization server.