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What Windows 2008 license key to use with SmartStart and KMS

NJK-Work
Honored Contributor

What Windows 2008 license key to use with SmartStart and KMS

Hi,

We plan on using KMS for our Windows 2008 deployments. I am not an expert with this, but my understanding is that when using KMS, you don't need to type in a license code on the Windows 2008 server...the select license DVD comes with a built in license code that can automatically register with a valid KMS server.

That being said, when I try to build my first Windows 2008 server using SmartStart 8.1, it prompts me for a license key in the deploy wizard. It will not let me past that screen without typing in a code. So does anyone know what I am supposed to put here to get it past the screen and still work with KMS? I am going to try just all "1", but I don't if that will break the KMS registration process.

Any tips?
thanks
Nelson
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Janss Franden_1
Occasional Visitor

Re: What Windows 2008 license key to use with SmartStart and KMS

Did you ever figure this out?
NJK-Work
Honored Contributor

Re: What Windows 2008 license key to use with SmartStart and KMS

No, I ended up skipping using SmartStart and just installed Windows 2008 from DVD and installing the 8.1 support pack afterwards.

Nelson
Janss Franden_1
Occasional Visitor

Re: What Windows 2008 license key to use with SmartStart and KMS

Did you try to use all 0's or 1's? If so what happened? Did it mess up your KMS stuff?
NJK-Work
Honored Contributor

Re: What Windows 2008 license key to use with SmartStart and KMS

Hmmm - I think it worked. I had to rebuild my image server several times trying to get the SYSPREP and stuff working (nothing like getting a prestine image working only to find Microsoft decides to automatically enable Windows Update to install and reboot at 3:00 AM everyday after you run SYSPREP).

I only tried SmartStart the first time, with all 1's, and then after than I installed Windows 2008 natively. But I think the first time it worked. But I am not 100% positive.

I used to really like SmartStart, but man it has gone down hill with the Windows 2008 setup they have. And it takes like 5 minutes to boot the CD....

Nelson
Janss Franden_1
Occasional Visitor

Re: What Windows 2008 license key to use with SmartStart and KMS

Thanks