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Volume Activation 2.0 Resources

 

for

 

Windows Vista® and Windows Server® 2008

Microsoft Corporation

Published: March, 2008

Abstract

This document provides a list of resources available to support planning, deployment, and operations for activating volume editions of Windows Vista and Windows Server 2008 using Volume Activation 2.0.

Table of Contents

General Information
Planning
Deployment
Operations and Management
Tools
Licensing

General Information

·         For an overview of Volume Activation 2.0 (VA 2.0), see the Windows Vista and Windows Server 2008 Volume Activation 2.0 demo at http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkID=104707.

·         To download the VA 2.0 core documentation set, go to http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkID=75674.

·         To read the Product Activation for Windows Vista® and Windows Server® 2008 white paper, go to http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=104305.

·         For information about the Windows Vista privacy statement, go to http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=52526.

·         For information about genuine Microsoft® software and Windows® Genuine Advantage, go to http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=64187.

Planning

·         For planning guidance in activating volume editions of Windows Vista and Windows Server 2008, refer to the Volume Activation 2.0 Planning Guide at http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=75674. This guide includes recommended best practices, planning considerations, common scenarios, and deployment examples.

·         To read the Planning Activation in Software Development Environments white paper, go to http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=110465.

·         To read the Planning Activation in Isolated Environments for Windows Vista white paper, go to http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=110468.

·         To read the Using Server Isolation to Protect the Key Management Service (KMS) white paper, go to http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=110469.

Deployment

·         For more information about activating volume editions of Windows Vista and Windows Server 2008, refer to the Volume Activation 2.0 Deployment Guide at http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=75674.

·         For more information about deploying Windows Vista and Windows Server 2008 systems, go to Microsoft Deployment Solution Accelerators at http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=110470.

Operations and Management

·         For more information about activating volume editions of Windows Vista and Windows Server 2008, go to the Volume Activation 2.0 Operations Guide at http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=75674. This guide provides guidance for operations and support, including an overview of the management tools available and troubleshooting assistance.

·         For a list of WMI methods, KMS registry keys, KMS events, KMS error codes, and KMS RPC messages, see the Volume Activation 2.0 Operations Guide.

·         For knowledge base articles on volume activation, go to http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx and search for the following KB articles:

Article Number

Article Title

938450

How to troubleshoot Volume Activation error codes on Windows Vista-based computers

925616

Error message when you start Windows Vista: "Your activation period has expired"

938107

Error message when you try to activate Windows Vista: "Activation Error: Code 0x8007232b DNS Name does not exist"

931276

Error message when you try to activate Windows Vista: "An error has occurred"

925582

The behavior of reduced functionality mode in Windows Vista

929712

Volume Activation information for Windows Vista

932300

How to resolve a Windows Genuine Advantage product key or volume license key validation

931858

Windows Vista Business and Windows XP Professional upgrade licenses under the volume licensing agreement

931573

You may be prompted to activate Windows Vista on a computer on which Windows Vista was already activated by a Volume License or OEM installation

929829

The KMS current count does not increase when you add new Windows Vista-based client computers to the network

929826

Error message when you try to activate Windows Vista Enterprise or Windows Vista Business: "Code 0x8007232b"

929818

You receive an error message when you try to install or to run Windows Vista: "The Software Licensing Service reported that the license is invalid"

Tools

·         Download the Volume Activation Management Tool (VAMT) for MAK activation and management at http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkID=77533.

·         To install a KMS host on Windows Server 2003, go to:

Key Management Service (KMS) for Windows 2003 (x86) at http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkID=82964.

Key Management Service (KMS) for Windows 2003 (x64) at http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=83041.

·         For documentation and to download the KMS Management Pack for System Center Operations Manager 2005, go to the System Center Operations Manager product catalog at http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=110332.

Licensing

·         For information about Volume License Keys, go to http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkID=110471.

·         For information about Microsoft Product Activation, go to http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkID=74008.

·         For a list of Microsoft Activation Call Centers worldwide telephone numbers, go to http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkID=107418.

·         For a list of Microsoft Volume Licensing products available, go to http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=73076.

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