Scenario: Test or development lab activating Office 2010
Applies to: Office 2010
Topic Last Modified: 2011-05-07
The activation method recommended for this scenario is Key Management Services (KMS) or Multiple Activation Key (MAK). This volume activation scenario is more detailed than the examples in Plan KMS activation of Office 2010, Plan MAK proxy activation of Office 2010, and Plan MAK independent activation of Office 2010.
|This information applies to volume-licensed editions of Office 2010. It does not apply to Office Professional Plus for Office 365, which is licensed through subscription.|
If your organization has a network that is used as a short-term test or development lab, which re-images its client computers after testing or development is complete, we recommend the guidelines shown in the following table for both KMS and MAK activation of Microsoft Office 2010.
|Network setup||Recommended activation method|
Five or more computers that require activation (the KMS activation threshold).
Plan KMS activation of Office 2010 through a single KMS host.
Fewer than five computers that require activation.
For information about the KMS activation method, see Plan KMS activation of Office 2010.
For information about the MAK proxy activation method, see Plan MAK proxy activation of Office 2010.
For information about the MAK independent activation method, see Plan MAK independent activation of Office 2010.
When you prepare a test or development lab network for volume activation of Office 2010, consider the following factors:
There are generally fewer computers in a lab network than there are in the production network.
A lab network configuration can vary from setup to setup, and the activation method (KMS, MAK proxy, MAK independent) can also vary.
If you have more than one lab network, each lab network requires its own activation method.