How to install and configure Volume Activation Services role in Windows 8 Server

March 26, 2012

Volume Activation Services role is the next generation of Key Management Service (KMS). By using “Volume Activation Services” role, offline and automatic activation of Windows 8 clients & servers etc. can be used in your domain/forest.

Note: The installation Volume Activation Services role required the following privileges:

a. Membership of “Enterprise Administrators” Group.

b. Local Administrator privileges to the server that will host the Volume Activation Services role.

Note: In case that the server that you plan to use for hosting the Volume Activation Services” role is domain controller, a membership of “Domain Admins” group may required.

To install the “Volume Activation Services” role, please use the following steps:

1. Navigate to “Server Manager” –> “Manage” –> “Add” Roles and Feathers”

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2. Press on “Next” button.

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2. Choose the server that you plan to add to it the “Volume Activation Services” role and press on “Next” button.

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3. Mark the checkbox under “Volume Activation Services” role.

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4. Press on “Add Feathers” button and then press on “Next” button.

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5. Press on “Next” button.

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6. Press on “Next” button.

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5. Press on “Next” button.

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5. Press on “Close” button.

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To configure the “Volume Activation Services” role, please use the following steps:

1. Navigate to “Server Manager” –> “Tool” –> “Manage Volume Activation”.

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2. Review the introduction guide and Press on “Next” button.

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3. Choose the relevant technology that would be used by the “Volume Activation Services” role and press on “Next” button.

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Note: Active Directory Based Activation is the default technology and it using the current Active Directory/LDAP infrastructure. Due this, no special TCP/IP port/s would be need to be opened in the firewall.

4. Enter the “Customer Specific Volume License Key (CSVLK)” and press on “Next” button.

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5. Choose the required Activation mode for the “Customer Specific Volume License Key (CSVLK)” and press on “Commit” button.

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6. Approve the new Active Directory object creation and close the wizard after if finish the required configurations.

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