MAK and KMS questions

Hi all: Hoping you can help me understand how MAK and KMS licensing work together. I have a good basic understanding but I am uncertain how MAK and KMS keys work together. I have a KMS server running and it is validating licenses for our Windows servers as we are above the 5 server threshold.

Currently I am working on a slow roll-out of Windows 7 and want to use the KMS server for validation too. However, I am faced with the 25 workstation threshold which I will not make for some time. We do have MAK keys as well (50 total) so I can use these to activate against, but I am not sure how to do this. When I sysprep my Win7 image, I set the KMS server up in the unattend.xml file. But I will also need to use the MAK keys too. If I add the MAK key in a post imaging script, will it register with MS automatically using the MAK or will it continue to try to use the KMS server? I have read that once we hit the threshold, the MAK licensed machines will automatically convert over to KMS and supposedly give back the used MAK. Is this really how it works?

Thanks for the help, Chris.

On 24/06/2013 15:54, cmosentine wrote:
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Hi all: Hoping you can help me understand how MAK and KMS licensing
work together. I have a good basic understanding but I am uncertain how
MAK and KMS keys work together. I have a KMS server running and it is
validating licenses for our Windows servers as we are above the 5 server
threshold.
Currently I am working on a slow roll-out of Windows 7 and want to use
the KMS server for validation too. However, I am faced with the 25
workstation threshold which I will not make for some time. We do have
MAK keys as well (50 total) so I can use these to activate against, but
I am not sure how to do this. When I sysprep my Win7 image, I set the
KMS server up in the unattend.xml file. But I will also need to use the
MAK keys too. If I add the MAK key in a post imaging script, will it
register with MS automatically using the MAK or will it continue to try
to use the KMS server? I have read that once we hit the threshold, the
MAK licensed machines will automatically convert over to KMS and
supposedly give back the used MAK. Is this really how it works?
Thanks for the help, Chris.[/color]

Please note that this is not a support forum but one for informal chat
so you should be asking the above somewhere else … hmm now where would
be the best place to ask a support question regarding Microsoft
Windows I wonder … ?

Simon
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Hey Simon: Other users are asking technical questions here that don’t really relate to Netware/OES. But your house and your rules.

Hey, yesterday my two doggies caught a chipmunk.

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Simon Floodsmflood@no-mx.forums.novell.com 6/24/2013 11:28 AM >>>
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On 24/06/2013 15:54, cmosentine wrote:

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Hi all: Hoping you can help me understand how MAK and KMS licensing
work together. I have a good basic understanding but I am uncertain how
MAK and KMS keys work together. I have a KMS server running and it is
validating licenses for our Windows servers as we are above the 5 server
threshold.
Currently I am working on a slow roll-out of Windows 7 and want to use
the KMS server for validation too. However, I am faced with the 25
workstation threshold which I will not make for some time. We do have
MAK keys as well (50 total) so I can use these to activate against, but
I am not sure how to do this. When I sysprep my Win7 image, I set the
KMS server up in the unattend.xml file. But I will also need to use the
MAK keys too. If I add the MAK key in a post imaging script, will it
register with MS automatically using the MAK or will it continue to try
to use the KMS server? I have read that once we hit the threshold, the
MAK licensed machines will automatically convert over to KMS and
supposedly give back the used MAK. Is this really how it works?
Thanks for the help, Chris.
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Please note that this is not a support forum but one for informal chat
so you should be asking the above somewhere else … hmm now where would
be the best place to ask a support question regarding Microsoft
Windows I wonder … ?

Simon
Novell Knowledge Partner


Do you work with Novell technologies at a university, college or school?
If so, your campus could benefit from joining the Technology Transfer
Partner (TTP) program. See novell.com/ttp for more details.

It is very confusing, but there are some docs on the MS website that
try to explain the mess.


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Hey cmosentine,
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Hey, yesterday my two doggies caught a chipmunk.[/color]

Poor chipmunk! I’ll be the dogs were proud though.


Kim - 6/24/2013 1:15:20 PM

kgroneman;2269408 Wrote:[color=blue]

Hey cmosentine,
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Hey, yesterday my two doggies caught a chipmunk.[/color]

Poor chipmunk! I’ll be the dogs were proud though.


Kim - 6/24/2013 1:15:20 PM[/color]

Yay! Death to chipmunks!


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Yay! Death to chipmunks![/color]

I’m giving the next chipmunk I see my dartboard with a fresh picture.


Kim - 6/24/2013 3:26:10 PM

Anders Gustafsson AndersG@no-mx.forums.novell.com wrote in
news:VA.00004f23.00d37c51@no-mx.forums.novell.com:
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It is very confusing, but there are some docs on the MS website that
try to explain the mess.
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I think there have posts here in the past about the fact it is so confusing
that the MS auditors didn’t know how it worked, but that could have been
for a different scenario.
We commiserate.