Microsoft Volume Licensing

The Microsoft volume licensing service Center lets you sign in and download activation keys for multiple products. If you are a Volume licensing customer, then you need a valid product key for activation for all your Microsoft products. The relevant product keys can be sought from the Volume Licensing Service Center (VLSC).

Microsoft volume licensing

GETTING THE VOLUME LICENSING KEY (VLK)?

  • Find out if you are able to use the volume licensing product without a key
  • If the product uses a Volume Activation, then it is pre-installed with the Key Management Service (KMS) client setup key
  • In such cases, you do not require a volume licensing key
  • If not, make use of the below steps to obtain an activation key
  • Go to the Microsoft Volume Licensing Service Center and access the Product Keys section
  • Here, you will find a key for the following
    • Open
    • Open Value
    • Select
    • Enterprise Agreements
    • Service Provider License Agreement (SPLA)
  • If not, you can also call the Microsoft Activation Center to obtain the VLK

VOLUME ACTIVATION FOR KMS AND MAK

  • The Volume Activation (VA) process is applicable to the following products,
    • Windows 8.1
    • Windows Server 2012 R2
    • Windows Server 2012 R2 for Embedded Systems
    • Windows 7
    • Windows Server 2008 R2
    • Windows Vista
    • Windows Server 2008
    • Microsoft Office 2010
    • Microsoft office 2013
  • To activate these products, you can make use of the Multiple Activation Key (MAK) or the Key Management Service (KMS)
  • KMS is used by organizations to activate system within their network
  • Whereas, the MAK makes use of the Microsoft’s hosted activation services and does the activation on a one-time basis
  • If both these techniques do not suit your requirement, then you can use the Active Directory–based activation
  • If the organization setup has less than 50 PCs, then you can use the MAK technique with the help of the Volume Activation Management Tool (VAMT)
  • MAK and KMS are issued by Microsoft only for the software that was licensed by the organization
  • You will not be able to use the MAK and KMS for other retail software

HOW DOES IT WORK?

This example is for using the Key Management Service (KMS)

  • In the first step, the KMS is installed on a server
  • Then, the KMS host key gets installed on the KMS host
  • To activate it, you need to contact the Microsoft hosted activation services
  • Once it is activated, an SRV record is registered in the DNS
  • The KMS host is discovered by the KMS client computer
  • An RPC request is sent by the client to the host
  • The host then adds the client computer’s ID to a table and returns the activation count to the client
  • The activation count if verified with the activation threshold by the client
  • If it is met, then the product activation is completed for the Microsoft volume licensing

For more information about Microsoft volume licensing call us at +1-888-308-2550 or visit our website at microsoft-customersupport.com