3.1 Configuring Key Management Server (KMS)
The Microsoft Key Management Server must be installed on the network to support the licensing of the
individual Windows 7 client desktops. This service allows for each streamed client OS to be automatically
activated seamlessly after it is loaded onto the remote device. Since KMS will be used to authenticate
the streamed Windows 7 client OS, Microsoft requires that it be installed on a Windows Server 2008 R2
machine. In fact, it is automatically enabled as part of the Windows Server 2008 R2 installation.
However, the License Key must be installed before it can authenticate the additional client OS machines.
Log into the Microsoft Volume License Service Center, and retrieve the KMS License Key for "Windows
Server 2008 Std/Ent KMS B". To License/Activate Server 2008 R2 AND Windows 7 THIS IS THE ONLY
KEY YOU NEED. You do NOT need to add additional keys for Windows 7.
You simply need to change the product key on the server that will be the KMS server, to the new key.
Start > Right Click "Computer" > Properties. Select "Change Product Key" > Enter the new KMS Key >
Figure 2: Activating your KMS key
You will receive a warning that you are using a KMS Key > OK. You may now need to activate your copy
of Windows with Microsoft, this is done as normal. If you can't get it to work over the internet you can
choose to do it over the phone.
Figure 3: Windows Activation Warning