6. May 2010 08:43
As the first Office product Office 2010 can use KMS for activation.
You can use either KMS or MAK key for the activation like with Window Vista and Windows 7.
But I have just found out (the hard way) that the KMS activation of Office 2010 is not supported on Windows Server 2008.
If you need to setup a KMS server for activating Office 2010 you will need to configure the KMS server on one of the following supported OS'es:
- Windows Server 2003
- Windows Server 2008 R2
- Windows 7
According to this blog post Microsoft recommend the following solutions if your KMS server is running on Server 2008:
- Migrate the KMS to Windows Serve 2008 R2
- KMS can be hosted on a Virtual Machine (VM) (Windows Server 2003 or Windows Server 2008 R2)
- Configure an additional KMS host (physical or VM) running Windows Server 2008 R2 to support Office KMS clients
When you have setup the KMS server you will need 5 clients running Office 2010 before the KMS will start to activate them.
For Office 2010, currently this is the list of products that can be activated by a KMS host:
- Professional Plus
- Small Business Basics
- Standalone products:
- Project (Pro)
- Project (Std)
- SharePoint Workspace
- Visio (Prem)
- Visio (Pro)
- Visio (Std)