KMS Activation

KMS activation works with minimal administrative intervention. If the network environment has Dynamic Domain Name System (DDNS) and allows computers to publish services automatically, deploying a KMS host can require very little effort. If the organization has more than one KMS host or the network does not support DDNS, additional configuration tasks may be necessary.

Warning   Some procedures in this section require changing the registry. Problems can occur if the registry is modified incorrectly by using Registry Editor or another method, and these problems might require reinstalling the operating system. Microsoft cannot guarantee that these problems can be resolved. IT pros modify the registry at their own risk.

The remainder of this section describes the following key tasks:

  1. Configuring KMS hosts

  2. Configuring DNS

  3. Installing KMS hosts

  4. Configuring KMS clients