Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 KMS hosts to support Windows 8, Windows Server 2012 and Office 2013 (KB2691586)


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 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)
  • Office 2013 (Preview)
Office 2013
The KMS and MAK activation processes for Office 2013 Preview are basically the same as they were for Office 2010, except that the Office 2013 Preview KMS host is not supported on Windows Server 2003. The Office 2013 Preview KMS host is supported on Windows Server 2008 R2, Windows 7 VL edition, Windows 8 VL edition, and Windows Server 2012.Office 2013 Preview can be activated by using KMS on the following platforms:

If Office 2013 Preview runs on… It can activate against a KMS host that runs on…
Windows 7 or Windows 8 Windows 7 VL edition (see Important note) Windows Server 2008 R2 (see Important note) Windows 8 VL edition Windows Server 2012
Key Management Service (KMS)
KMS is a server-client model in which a computer serves as the KMS host. KMS activation requires TCP/IP connectivity. By default, KMS hosts use DNS to publish the KMS service, and client computers connect to the KMS host for activation by using anonymous remote procedure calls (RPCs) through TCP port 1688. You can use the default settings, which require little or no administrative action, or manually configure KMS hosts and clients based on network configuration and security requirements.

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.

This update (KB2691586) can be downloaded here

source

Volume Activation Overview http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/hh831612

Volume activation methods in Office 2013 Preview http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/jj219430(v=office.15).aspx

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