Tip:Understand and Plan Your Office 2010 Volume Activation Options
When you deploy Volume License editions of Office 2010, you have two primary methods available for activating the software on client systems. (Not to mention some variations on those methods.)
The Two Main Approaches are:
In many cases, businesses will want to use a mixed approach, using different strategies to target systems that fit different scenarios. For instance, a small branch office, remote workers, and desktops at the main headquarters may all benefit from different activation methods.
Here is a general overview to help you figure out what approach is right for your organization.
How Many Systems Are You Activating?
Do You Have Systems Not Connected To The Internet?
If you are using a MAK proxy activation or KMS activation approach and have some mobile clients that lack access to your network, you can have those systems use MAK independent activation, connecting directly to Microsoft to activate their installations of Office 2010.
Note that, if, by chance, you are using the KMS activation method and your KMS host has no Internet connection, there is an option available to activate your KMS host by telephone. Likewise, a KMS host can be activated and then moved to a disconnected network.
Are You Running VMs?
To activate Office 2010 on virtual machines, you should consider the KMS approach. A MAK approach will also work, but each time a computer is activated with this method, the number of activations is decremented. (This applies to both physical and virtual computers.)
Note that the KMS host can run on a virtual machine, as long as the VM’s operating system is one of the supported platforms for a KMS host—Windows Server 2003, a volume edition of Windows 7, or Windows Server 2008 R2.