Windows 10 build 10240 has released to the Fast Ring… Release To Manufacturing (RTM) build???

Windows 10 build 10240 has been released to the Fast Ring. That’s what I’m running on my laptop now. There were heavy rumors yesterday that this is the to Release To Manufacturing (RTM) build and is the one to be publically available on July 29th. But there is no hard confirmation on this by Microsoft yet Build 10240 now available for Windows Insiders in Fast and Slow rings.

“Over the past few days we’ve been preparing our release pipelines and processes, and this build is one step closer to what customers will start to receive on 7/29 …

On Monday we announced that builds from here on will only be available through Windows Update, so to get this one you can either wait and it will be installed automatically.”

Here’s how you prepare to roll it out in your company.

In a previous blog post I wrote about the update you needed for your KMS server to be able to activate Windows 10 clients. Read about that in KB3058168: Update that enables Windows 8.1 and Windows 8 KMS hosts to activate a later version of Windows

Meanwhile Microsoft has also published the Windows 10 client KMS activation which keys can be found here Appendix A: KMS Client Setup Keys

Windows 10

Operating system edition
KMS Client Setup Key

Windows 10 Professional: W269N-WFGWX-YVC9B-4J6C9-T83GX
Windows 10 Professional N: MH37W-N47XK-V7XM9-C7227-GCQG9
Windows 10 Enterprise: N: NPPR9-FWDCX-D2C8J-H872K-2YT43
Windows 10 Enterprise N: DPH2V-TTNVB-4X9Q3-TJR4H-KHJW4
Windows 10 Education: NW6C2-QMPVW-D7KKK-3GKT6-VCFB2
Windows 10 Education N: 2WH4N-8QGBV-H22JP-CT43Q-MDWW
Windows 10 Enterprise 2015 LTSB: WNMTR-4C88C-JK8YV-HQ7T2-76DF9
Windows 10 Enterprise 2015 LTSB N: 2F77B-TNFGY-69QQF-B8YKP-D69TJ

Do note this is the key you use when you activate the Windows 10 Client against a KMS server. It is not the KMS license server key. That one you’ll need to obtain from your valid Microsoft licenses.

Update that enables Windows 8.1, Windows Server 2012 R2, Windows 8, and Windows Server 2012 Key Management Service (KMS) hosts to activate a later version of Windows.

Windows 10 will be available on July 29th 2015. Microsoft has prepared for this by already making an Update(KB3058168) that enables Windows 8.1, Windows Server 2012 R2, Windows 8, and Windows Server 2012 Key Management Service (KMS) hosts to activate a “later version of Windows”. This must means Windows 10. I do not know if this means that is even for Windows Server 2016. Windows 10 will be activated by a KMS server running this update but it might.

Select the version you need for the KMS server or servers you use and install them.

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KMS Update adds support for Windows 8.1 and Windows Server 2012 R2 clients to Windows Server 2008, Windows 7, Windows Server 2008 R2, Windows 8, and Windows Server 2012 KMS hosts

This update extends the Key Management Service (KMS) for Windows Vista, Windows Server 2008, Windows 7, Windows Server 2008 R2, Windows 8, and Windows Server 2012 to enable the enterprise licensing of Windows 8.1 and Windows Server 2012 R2.
KMS provides support for the following KMS client activations:

  • Windows Vista
  • Windows Server 2008
  • Windows 7
  • Windows Server 2008 R2
  • Windows 8
  • Windows Server 2012
  • Windows 8.1
  • Windows Server 2012 R2

KMS uses a KMS host key to activate itself on a KMS host and to establish a local activation service in your environment. This update extends support for KMS to provide activation for Windows 8.1 and for Windows Server 2012 R2.

Click here for the downloads

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Microsoft Office 2013 KMS Volume License Pack

Volume license editions of Office 2013 client products require activation. This download enables IT administrators to set up a Key Management Service (KMS) or configure a domain for Active Directory-Based activation. Either of these volume activation methods can locally activate all Office 2013 clients connected to an organization’s network.

Download

Overview

If you want to activate volume license editions of Office 2013, Visio 2013, or Project 2013 with a KMS host or Active Directory-Based activation, you need to first install Office 2013 Volume License Pack. When an Office 2013 volume edition client is installed, it will automatically attempt to activate via either Active Directory by using its existing domain pairing or a DNS-discoverable KMS host on your organization network. To set up Active Directory-Based activation, you must be running Windows Server 2012, Windows 8, or newer.
All volume editions of Office 2013 client products are pre-installed with a Generic Volume License Key (GVLK) key, which supports automatic activation for both KMS and Active Directory-Based Activation, so you will not need to install a product key.
This download contains an executable file that will extract and install KMS host license files. These license files are required for the KMS host service to recognize Office 2013 KMS host keys. On Windows Server 2012 and volume license editions of Windows 8, you can use your same KMS host key to set up Active Directory-Based activation.

System requirements

Supported operating systems: Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows Server 2008 R2, Windows Server 2012

    • KMS Host: Windows Server 2008 R2, Windows 7 (volume editions), Windows Server 2012, or Windows 8.
    • Active Directory-Based Activation
      • Set-up and Configuration: Windows Server 2012, Windows 8 or newer.
      • Domain controller: Active Directory Domain Services with the Windows Server 2012 schema installed.

Instructions:Microsoft Office 2013 Volume License Pack

  1. You need to perform this step only if you’re setting up a KMS host on Windows Server 2008 R2 or Windows 7 (volume editions). Download and run the update contained in the KB article below. This update enables your Windows Server 2008 R2 or Windows 7-based KMS host to successfully activate Office 2013 clients that are running on Windows 8 or Windows Server 2012:
    KB 2691586
  2. Download and run the executable file on this page on a supported operating system.
  3. Enter your Office 2013 KMS host key when prompted.
  4. Activate the product key online.
  5. If setting up a KMS host, open port 1688 to allow the KMS host service through the firewall:
    1. Open Control Panel and click on the Windows Firewall icon.
    2. Click the “Allow a program through Windows Firewall” link.
    3. Click the Change Settings button.
    4. Check the box for Key Management Service.
  6. To learn more about configuring your KMS host with slmgr.vbs, see the TechNet documentation found on this page.

Windows 8 en Server 2012 KMS Service Activation

For Licensing Server 2012 and Windows 8 on a Windows 2008 R2 server you need to update the KMS Service.

Install the following update: An update is available for Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 KMS hosts to support Windows 8 and Windows Server 2012 as described in KB2691586.
If you don’t install this hotfix registering a Windows Server 2012 KMS will throw an Error: 0xC004F050 The Software Licensing Service reported that the product key is invalid

So request the hotfix and install it. Just follow the instructions and you’ll be fine clip_image001

We can start putting our brand new KMS key into action.

Uninstall the current KMS key using slmgr.vbs /upk clip_image002

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Now you can install the new KMS key. The key listed here is obviously a demo one clip_image002[1]If you run in to any issues here, restarting the KMS Service can help. Try that first.

slmgr.vbs /ipk NOPEI-AMNOT-GIVIN-GITTO-YOU!

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Now activate your brandnew KMS key running slmgr.vbs /ato
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We run slmgr.vbs /dlv again and as you can see now we can activate all our Windows 2012 servers and Windows 8 computers

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An update is available for Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 KMS hosts to support Windows 8 and Windows Server 2012

This update extends the Key Management Service (KMS) for Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 to allow enterprise licensing of Windows 8 and of Windows Server 2012.
KMS provides support for the following KMS client activations:

  • Windows Server 2008 R2 and Windows Server 2008 R2 Service Pack 1 (SP1)
  • Windows Server 2008 and Windows Server 2008 Service Pack 2 (SP2)
  • Windows 8
  • Windows Server 2012
  • Windows 7 and Windows 7 Service Pack 1 (SP1)
  • Windows Vista and Windows Vista Service Pack 2 (SP2)

Key Management Service (KMS) uses a KMS host key to activate KMS on a KMS host, and to establish a local activation service in your environment. This update extends support for KMS to provide activation for Windows 8 and for Windows Server 2012.

Download

Setup KMS Server for Windows Server 2008 R2 or Windows 7

Open the command prompt and run the following command:

cscript c: \ Windows \ System32 \ slmgr.vbs / ipk xxxxx-xxxxx-xxxxx-xxxxx-xxxxx

Enter the product key xxxxx Windows Server 2008 R2. It is also able to activate Windows 7. The following text appears when the command is successful.

Microsoft ® Windows Script Host Version 5.7
Copyright © Microsoft Corporation. All rights reserved.
Installed product key xxxxx-xxxxx-xxxxx-xxxxx-xxxxx successfully.
The installation of the KMS server is complete. The server installs itself on port 1688. This port must be opened to be put in the firewall. To change the port the following command can be used.

Slmgr.vbs / SPRT xxxx
Once the firewall is open and the key is installed, the KMS server service has to be restarted. Do this by using the following command:

slsvc & net stop & net start slsvc

To check whether the data will be registered correctly in the DNS, the following command:

nslookup-type = srv _vlmcs._tcp

Here, the following output should appear:

_vlmcs._tcp.test.local SRV service location:
priority = 0
weight = 0
port = 1688
svr hostname = kms.wardvissers.local
internet address = 192.168.150.7 kms.wardvissers.local

Clients / Servers

The clientele / servers need to connect to the KMS host will automatically find the host by dns. When the client / server using a MAK key is activated. Should this be put back to a KMS client key. These keys are released by Microsoft. When this key is set on the client / server will automatically look for a KMS host. When not present, the client / server activation.

KMS client keys:

Windows 7 Enterprise: 33PXH-7Y6KF-2VJC9-XBBR8-HVTHH
Windows Server 2008 Standard: TM24T-X9RMF-VWXK6-X8JC9-BFGM2
Windows Server 2008 Enterprise: YQGMW-MPWTJ-34KDK-48M3W-X4Q6V
Windows Server 2008 R2 Standard – YC6KT-GKW9T-YTKYR-T4X34-R7VHC
Windows Server 2008 R2 Enterprise – 489J6-VHDMP-X63PK-3K798-CPX3Y

The following commands can the key be changed from MAK to KMS here are the xxxxx is one of the above keys.

slmgr.vbs / ipk xxxxx-xxxxx-xxxxx-xxxxx-xxxxx
Note: To ensure that the client is forced to activate the command to be executed on the client.
slmgr-ato

It can happen that the RMS server returns the following message. This is because the KMS server is just beginning to work with 25 clients and 5 servers.

You can find here the list with error codes & solutions: http://support.microsoft.com/kb/938450

Special thanks to:Harm Hoekstra

Checking Microsoft Office 2010 KMS Activation Status

Before you start you must al ready have a kms server.
On the KMS server you need to install the Office 2010 KMS Host License Pack on the KMS Server.
Launch Microsoft Outlook 2010
Click to the File tab. Click Help.

Office is not activated
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Determining Which Activation Method Office is Using – KMS or MAK

Click the start menu and enter cmd /k cscript “%programfiles%\Microsoft Office\Office14\ospp.vbs” /dstatus in the search box.

If running 32 bit Office 2010 on 64 bit Windows, %programfiles% above should be replaced with %programfiles(x86)%.

Not Activated

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Checking if a DNS Domain is Configured for KMS Auto-Discovery

To check if a DNS domain is configured for KMS auto-discovery, check that a SRV record exists.

nslookup -type=srv _vlmcs._tcp.wardvissers.nl

If a SRV record exists for the domain, the DNS server will detail the SRV record.


C:\>nslookup -type=srv _vlmcs._tcp

Server:  ward-dc02.wardvissers.local

Address:  192.168.150.6

Non-authoritative answer:

_vlmcs._tcp.wardvissers.local SRV service location:

          priority       = 0

          weight         = 0

          port           = 1688

          svr hostname   = ward-dc2.wardvissers.local

If no SRV record exists for the domain, the DNS server will return an error

Verifying that a Windows Computer can Communicate with the KMS Activation Server

KMS activation requires that the machine to be activated has TCP port 1688 open for outbound communication to the activation server.

Verifying that outbound TCP port 1688 is open to the KMS server

  1. Download and install the utility portqry.exe from Microsoft. It is a command line utility from Microsoft that reports the port status of a remote host.
  2. From a command prompt, run the command:

portqry.exe -n ward-dc02.wardvissers.local -p tcp -e 1688

The command will return “TCP port 1688 (unknown service): LISTENING” if the computer is able to communicate with the KMS server.

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If the command returns “TCP port 1688 (unknown service): FILTERED” then the computer is unable to communicate with the KMS server

Manually Specifying the KMS Activation Server

1. Type cmd in the search bar to locate the command window..
2. At the command prompt, type cd\Program Files\Microsoft Office\Office14.

If running 32 bit Office 2010 on 64 bit Windows, Program Files above should be replaced with Program Files (x86).
Run the command cscript ospp.vbs /sethst:ward-dc02.wardvissers.local to manually specify the KMS activation server.
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Run the command cscript ospp.vbs /act to activate Office with the KMS server.

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Launch Microsoft Outlook 2010 agein
Click to the File tab. Click Help.

Office is activated

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When trying to activate you get 0xC004F074 with description "The Key Management Server (KMS) is unavailable"

Error:
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The KMS host that is used is very probably a Windows Server 2008 KMS host that cannot standard activate Windows 7 and 2008 R2 machines.

When you do not have Windows Server 2008 R2 KMS host key have then you must have a Volume License agreement so that your request your Windows 7 and Windows 2008 R2 kms keys.

Resolution

Step 1:
-If the KMS host a Windows Server 2003 SP2 machine is you have the update from the KB article KB968915 install and restart the machine.
-If the KMS host a Windows Server 2008 SP2 machine is you have the update from the KB article KB968912 install and start the new machine.
-If the KMS host one Windows Server 2008 R2 machine is you have to install any further update.

Step 2:
You the new KMS host key import now. The commands are as follows:

1. Uninstall KMS license Key on host – slmgr.vbs /upk

2. Install Windows Server 2008 R2 KMS license key – slmgr.vbs /ipk <Your Key>

3. Activate KMS server online: slmgr.vbs /ato

4. Net Stop slsvc

5. Net Start slsvc

The clients can now activate