Windows Assessment and Deployment Kit (Windows ADK) for Windows 8.1 Update released.


Today Microsoft released an updated version of the Windows Assessment and Deployment Kit. This release of Windows ADK includes new and updated functionality to improve assessment and deployment scenarios including support for Windows 8.1 Update.

To determine what version of the Windows ADK you have installed, go to Control Panel > Programs > Programs and Features. The versions are:

  • Version 8.100.25984 is for the Windows ADK for Windows 8.1 RTM
  • Version 8.100.26629 is for the Windows ADK for Windows 8.1 Update

Version increments between 25984 and 26629 are updated versions of the RTM release. Version increments higher than 26629 are for the Windows 8.1 Update.

For a complete list of changes, see the Windows ADK Release Notes.

For a list of new features included in the Windows ADK for Windows 8.1 Update, see What’s New in the Windows ADK for Windows 8.1.

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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)

Introduction to Windows #Intune | part 1 – Infrastructure overview #sysctr

Last week I was at Microsoft site following a technical workshop of Windows Intune.

Windows Intune is a cloud based services which provides client management solution for managing and securing PC’s for small and midsize companies in any location throughout the internet. Today companies are facing challenges in managing PC’s. Think about multiple configurations, different versions and licenses. Lack of insight and reactive response instead of pro-active to support issues are topics on top of mind of administrators. Windows Intune provides online PC management from anywhere over the internet. The management console is browser-based (Silverlight is required), so administrators can be anywhere. Windows Intune requires no server infrastructure, offers per-seat licensing and it is easy to deploy, use and maintain.

Continue reading “Introduction to Windows #Intune | part 1 – Infrastructure overview #sysctr”

Activate Office 2010 by KMS

To activate your Office 2010, Visio 2010 or Project 2010 you can use both MAK or KMS volume activation methods. For midsize and large enterprise environments (250> seats) KMS activation is the best suitable solution. If you currently using KMS for activating your operating systems (Windows 7, Windows Server 2008 R2) you are ready to activate Office 2010 as well by using the current Volume Activation solution.

Review activation methods

Office 2010 activation technologies provides two activation methods:

  • Key Management Service (KMS)   A server-client model in which a computer serves as the KMS host, which requires a KMS host key to be installed and activated. This establishes a local activation service in your environment. Office 2010 client computers connect to the local Office 2010 KMS host for activation.
  • Multiple Activation Key (MAK)   With a MAK key, Office 2010 client computers activate online by using the Microsoft hosted activation servers or by telephone.

The kind of key installed determines the activation method. All Office 2010 volume license editions have the KMS client key pre-installed. You do not have to enter a product key if you are deploying KMS clients. If you want to use MAK activation, you have to enter the correct MAK key.


Overview of Microsoft Office 2010 Volume Activation can be downloaded here.

A combination of KMS and MAK can also be used. For example, Office 2010 running on desktops has the KMS client key installed, whereas Office 2010 running on portable computers has the MAK key installed.

The model chosen depends on the size, network infrastructure, connectivity, and security requirements. You can choose to use only one or a combination of these activation models. Typically, the same activation method for a particular instance of Windows would be used for Office. For more information about how to decide which activation method to use, see the Windows Volume Activation Planning Guide (

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.

KMS activation steps

The KMS host key for Office 2010 is not specific to a particular operating system. It is designed to be used on any of the operating systems supported as an Office 2010 KMS host, including both 32-bit and 64-bit editions:

  • Windows Server 2003 or with any service packs
  • Volume License editions of Windows 7
  • Windows Server 2008 R2