skip to primary navigationskip to content
 

Volume Activation

Volume Activation version 2 was introduced when Windows Vista was released. Volume license versions are required for imaging rights and require a Volume License infrastructure (KMS Server) to activate the products which fall under Volume License 2. The products covered by Volume Licence 2 are detailed in these pages but typically cover all new Windows desktop and server versions and now Office 2010. We expect more Volume License products to be activated in this manner over time.

Volume activation 2 uses two kinds of key for activation, KMS and MAK keys. KMS keys should not be used to activate products on systems which will not be regularily connected to the CUDN. Systems which will be used elsewhere, i.e laptops, should use MAK keys which can be requested when purchasing the license from Software Sales (sales@ucs.cam.ac.uk).

Central KMS Service

Windows-Support is running a KMS server for use within the University.

Any volume license product from Microsoft which can be activated using KMS (i.e. Windows or Office from Software Sales) can activate against the local KMS server on the default TCP port of 1688. This service is available on TCP/IPv4 only. KMS activation is the method you should use if you are using imaging software for deployment or expect to do frequent reinstalls or rollouts of volume license systems. The limited pool of MAK license keys we have decreases by one per re-activation e.g. in this case per ghosting which is why you should use KMS activation for all systems within the CUDN. You can also activate virtual machines on KMS.

Who should be using this service?

KMS is a volume license activation system and is aimed at Techlinks and managed systems which are owned and insured by the University or it's affiliated institutions.

Who should not be using this service

Users with their own unmanaged machines, especially laptops, with Windows/Office on them will have its own license key which should be used. Any system which is not going to be regularly connected to the CUDN should use MAK activation.

Volume Activation overview

Windows volume activation (server and workstation)

Office volume activation

External references

Getting help


UIS Service Desk
General support queries

  Phone padded  (01223 7) 62999

UAS Service Desk
Administrative staff queries

  Phone padded  (01223 3) 32999

UIS bITe-size bulletin


A regular newsletter aimed at the University's IT community, highlighting service and project news from UIS.

Sign up >  |  Back issues

UIS Service Status

Phone padded  Service status line: (01223) 463085
Website padded  Sign up for SMS/email status alerts

RSS Feed Latest news

All University members now have access to Google G Suite@Cambridge

May 07, 2019

UIS enrolled all members of the University in our Google G Suite account, known as G Suite@Cambridge, on 2 May.

Upgrade Windows 7 machines before the operating system reaches end of life on 14 January 2020

Apr 30, 2019

Microsoft will stop supporting Windows 7 on 14 January 2020. The good news is that you may be entitled to a free upgrade to Windows 10, if your institution is participating in the University's EES agreement.

View all news