VAMT Step-by-Step Scenarios

Updated: May 31, 2012

Applies To: Windows 8, Windows 8.1

This section provides step-by-step instructions on implementing the Volume Activation Management Tool (VAMT) in typical environments. VAMT supports many common scenarios; the scenarios in this section describe some of the most common to get you started.


Scenario 1: Online Activation

Describes how to distribute Multiple Activation Keys (MAKs) to products installed on one or more connected computers within a network, and how to instruct these products to contact Microsoft over the Internet for activation.

Scenario 2: Proxy Activation

Describes how to use two VAMT host computers — the first one with Internet access and a second computer within an isolated workgroup — as proxies to perform MAK volume activation for workgroup computers that do not have Internet access.

Scenario 3: KMS Client Activation

Describes how to use VAMT to configure client products for Key Management Service (KMS) activation. By default, volume license editions of Windows Vista®, Windows® 7, Windows® 8, Windows Server® 2008, Windows Server 2008 R2, or Windows Server® 2012, and Microsoft® Office 2010 use KMS for activation.

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