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Windows Server 2012 Deployment FAQs

Q. Where can I get guidance and tools to help prepare to deploy Windows Server 2012?

Q. What do I need to do to activate my Windows Server 2012 licensing?

  • Windows Server 2012 requires the Volume Activation 2.0 process for deployment. This is the same activation process utilized by Windows Vista, Windows 7 and Windows 2008 Server. Click here for more information regarding the activation process.

Q. Where do I get the KMS and MAK keys?

  • Get MAK and KMS codes by logging in with your Windows Live ID on the Microsoft Volume Licensing Service Center (VLSC), then go to the “Downloads and Keys” link. Search for the product by typing the product name in the Filter field. Then click the Key link for the product.

Q. How do I get access to my college’s agreements on Microsoft’s licensing site?

  • You can request access by by logging in with your Windows Live ID on the Microsoft Volume Licensing Service Center (VLSC), then clicking the Administration link, then Request Permissions. You will need to know your college’s agreement Enrollment number. If you do not know that number, email edusales@cland.com and we can assist you.

Q. How do I get additional activations for my MAK or KMS keys?

  • Email kmsadd@microsoft.com or makadd@microsoft.com and the Microsoft Activation Support team can provide you with additional keys. This may be necessary when using MAK keys because you are granted a set number of activations. However, your Campus Agreement Windows 8 Enterprise licensing is a site license, allow you to install on any number of institutionally owned machines on campus. A KMS key can activate six KMS hosts with 10 activations per host. Each host can activate an unlimited number of computers.


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