Configure a KMS service to activate Windows 8 and Windows Server 2012

1. Install the update related to the KB “2691586

Note: This is required only, when the KMS will run on a Windows Server 2008/R2 machine, it is not required on Windows Server 2012. Note also, that Windows Server 2003 is not supported to act as a KMS for Windows 8/Server 2012 activation.

2. Install a new KMS key, execute:

slmgr /ipk [KMSKEY]

3. Activate the new KMS key, execute:

slmgr /ato

4. Restart the Software Protection Service, execute:

net stop sppsvc && net start sppsvc

5. Verify the result, execute:

slmgr /dlv

6. Create a DNS SRV record named “_VLMCS._tcp” using a port number of 1688 and referring to the FQDN of the KMS host.

Note: Only one Windows product key can be installed on a KMS host at a time. A KMS host key can activate multiple products, depending on the “key type”, like e.g. “VOLUME_KMS_2012_C”. Please refer to this technet article for an overview which KMS keys match to products they activate.

While only one Windows product key can be installed at a time, an Office product key can be added additionally to a Windows product key. To do so, the Microsoft Office 2010 KMS Host License Pack needs to be installed on the KMS host.

To verify the status of the office KMS key, execute:

slmgr /dlv bfe7a195-4f8f-4f0b-a622-cf13c7d16864

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