If you're planning a pilot or full deployment of Windows 7, with or without Office 2010, Microsoft published a new series of videos & demos to help you understand and implement volume activation. Volume activation is required for volume license editions of Win7 and Office 2010, and should be integrated in your deployment process. There're two volume activation methods: Key Management Service (KMS) and Multiple Activation Key (MAK). You can use either or both methods. Volume activation process is similar for Win7 and Office 2010. Activation is managed by IT pros, and is transparent to end users.
Get Started with Videos – three videos are 100-200 level introductions to help you get started:
- Volume Activation for Windows and Office 2010 for an explanation of activation, how KMS and MAK work, helpful tips about KMS and MAK keys, and using free Volume Activation Management Tool (VAMT) to centralize a range of activation related activities:
- For those deploying both Win7 and Office 2010, Deploying Windows and Office 2010 with Volume Activation helps you choose activation method best for your environment, then walks through basic steps for implementing KMS or MAK:
- If you've already deployed Vista or Win7 using volume activation and are ready to deploy Office 2010, take a look at Add Office 2010 to an Existing Windows Deployment. This video shows how to add Office 2010 clients to an existing KMS, or to set up separate KMS for Office clients. If you're using MAK to activate your Office clients, we present three options for installing a MAK key: