KMS Service works, thanks, but question about adding valid keys

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  1. rekabis

    rekabis MDL Novice

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    #1 rekabis, Nov 27, 2013
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    I downloaded the KMS service on or about the 14th of November. Unfortunately, I don’t remember which thread I downloaded it from, so all I have is filename and contents to go off of. The zip name was just called server.zip, its root content was just one file: kms.exe (37.5KB). I was able to get it to run as a service with:
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    sc create "KMSServerService" DisplayName= "KMSServerService" binPath= "\Program Files\KMS\kms.exe" obj= "NT AUTHORITY\NetworkService" type= "own" error= "normal" start= "auto"
    I installed it as a service, and for the network (with less than 25 machines on it - for now - requiring activation) it has performed wonderfully. However, I now have a question: so far I have been manually activating our servers, but I would like to automate it through this tool as well (to avoid phoning in to MS). I am running Server 2012 R2 Datacenter for one or two things, and it doesn’t properly register. I am assuming that the KMS service doesn’t have a key for Datacenter (only for Standard, which we are not using) so I am looking to add a proper and valid key to this service.

    I was wondering if anyone could confirm that this service doesn’t have the Datacenter key to begin with, and if not, how I could go around adding valid license keys so activation can be transparent. This would also greatly help with our Windows 8.1 keys, which we do have but are far less convenient to manage than this KMS server.

    Original file attached for the curious. If there is an updated version, link to said version would also be appreciated.

    View attachment server.zip
     
  2. sebus

    sebus MDL Guru

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    service does not have key. One installs GVLK on the client & point it at the server to activate
     
  3. rekabis

    rekabis MDL Novice

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    Then I am just a little bit confused. I have Win2K12R2 Datacenter with a PID.txt in the installation media containing the valid key, and pointing it toward the server to activate throws an error message. Our internal Win8,1 machines have no such problems.