Volume activation of Office 2016

 

Applies to: Office 2016

Topic Last Modified: 2016-12-20

Summary: Lists articles that provide information about how to plan and deploy volume activation for Office 2016.

Audience: IT Professionals

 

Are you a user?

If you are a user activating a personal copy of Office 2016, follow the Activate Office 365 Home, Personal, University, Office 2013, or Office 2016 directions instead.

Are you an admin?

If you are an admin planning to activate and license Office 365 ProPlus, review the Overview of licensing and activation in Office 365 ProPlus instead.

If you’re an admin at an enterprise and want to activate a volume license edition of Office 2016, you’re at the right place, keep reading.

Microsoft policy requires the activation of all editions of Office 2016 client software, including volume license editions. For Office 2016, volume activation occurs through Office Activation Technologies, which are based on the Software Protection Platform (SPP) that is used in Windows 7, Windows Server 2008 R2, Windows 8, Windows 8.1, Windows Server 2012 and Windows Server 2012 R2. Office Activation Technologies provides three activation methods for Office 2016:

  • Key Management Service (KMS) activation

  • Multiple Activation Key (MAK) activation

  • Active Directory Domain Services (AD DS)-based activation

The model that you choose depends on the size, network infrastructure, connectivity, and security requirements in your environment. If you need more information or advice on choosing a method, start with Plan volume activation of Office 2016. If you already know the differences between the activation methods and have decided which activation method best suits your environment, you can skip directly to the article for your activation method.

The following table lists and describes articles about volume activation for Office 2016.

Articles about volume activation for Office 2016

Article Description

Plan volume activation of Office 2016

Explains how to plan which methods to use for activating volume license editions of Office 2016.

Activate Office 2016 MAK clients

Describes how to prepare and configure the Office 2016 client for MAK volume activation.

Active Directory Domain Services-based activation of Office 2016

Provides details about Active Directory Domain Services-based activation of Office 2016.

Tools to manage Office 2016 volume activation

Provides details about the Office Software Protection Platform script (ospp.vbs) and the Software License Manage script (slmgr.vbs), and describes the Volume Activation Management Tool (VAMT) for volume license editions of Office 2016.

Troubleshoot volume activation for Office 2016

Explains how to troubleshoot common errors for volume activation of Office 2016.

 
Show: