Office 2010 KMS activation

by Thomas Forsmark Sørensen 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. Surprised

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:

  • Suites:
    • Professional Plus
    • Standard
    • Small Business Basics
  • Standalone products:
    • Access
    • Excel
    • InfoPath
    • OneNote
    • Outlook
    • PowerPoint
    • Project (Pro)
    • Project (Std)
    • Publisher
    • SharePoint Workspace
    • Visio (Prem)
    • Visio (Pro)
    • Visio (Std)
    • Word




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My name is Thomas Forsmark Sørensen.

I live in Odense in Denmark and work for Globeteam in Virum.

I am working as a Microsoft Infrastructure consultant with main focus on application and Operating System Deployment.

I work mostly with Microsoft System Center Configuration Manager 2012 R2 and MDT 2013, but I also work with other of Microsofts products. 


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