Configuring kms server for ms office 2019/2016 volume activation

We have a bunch of workstations that need khổng lồ be replaced or upgraded for various reasons. Some of these machines are already running a volume license version of Office 2016 Professional Plus. 

My counterpart says that if we format and reinstall windows with those machines, we will thảm bại our Office license for good. 

Is this correct, or is there a proper method for retaining our activations for office?


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Da_Schmoo

No, you Call or gmail the VLSC & tell them you need your activation count increased due lớn PC reloads, upgrades, workstation replacements, etc. It"s a common request.

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If they truly are volume licenses you can retrieve sầu the keys from the microsoft volume license service center


Volume License products have a bucket of activations that you get and that is a hard count but you can get that reset / raised by calling Microsoft Support. Volume license products are usually open to lớn be installed / reinstalled as long as you stay within your total user license counts that you purchased.

What flavor of Volume License are we talking about here?

Report baông xã so we can hash this out.


Right, well they ar MAK"s from the volume license site. we 100 of one key, 50 of another. It shows a count of how many are used up. We are afraid that it"s a one way street & if a workstation goes kaput, or we vị a reinstall, that license count doesn"t get counted baông chồng. 


No, it won"t be "gone forever", this is a perfectly legitimate scenario. There may be some hoops lớn jump through but you can bởi vì it. See this liên kết for your specific situation: https://support.office.com/en-us/article/activate-office-5bd38f38-db92-448b-a982-ad170b1e187e?ui=en-...


How long has your counterpart been in IT? I really wouldn"t ever worry about this unless you are doing some ungodly number or reinstalls. And as long as the licenses are legit don"t worry about it.


dchevalier1818 wrote:

Right, well they ar MAK"s from the volume license site. we 100 of one key, 50 of another. It shows a count of how many are used up. We are afraid that it"s a one way street and if a workstation goes kaput, or we vì a reinstall, that license count doesn"t get counted baông chồng. 

While true the license count doesn"t get "counted back", as long as you stay within what you purchased, you can call/gmail & have the activation count raised.


So you are never going to thua the ability to lớn use the volume license software up to the limit of user licenses. Don"t confuse the activations with the number of licenses you purchased those are different from what you see in the volume license portal as activation counts.


Alright, so please bare with me - I just want to be able to understvà the system. 

I"m going lớn ask Gregory khổng lồ give sầu me the details on how a license activation is recycled. I have sầu 100 activations on a license & I"ve sầu activated them all. 

Down the road I have to lớn replace a few, lets say 50, of those machines. 

How does Microsoft know I"m not installing 50 additional computers and exceeding my total activation count, if there isn"t a mechanism lớn recycle 50 prior activation back to my available activation?

As some have mentioned above, you would be greeted by the activation window & asked to Hotline it in - which I"m familiar with. Is that basically the answer? I max it out & then from then on we have sầu khổng lồ điện thoại tư vấn it in every re-installation? 

Thank you guys for your tư vấn BTW. 


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Dec 5, 2018 at 15:27 UTC

No, you call or email the VLSC và tell them you need your activation count increased due to PC reloads, upgrades, workstation replacements, etc. It"s a common request.

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Dec 5, 2018 at 15:31 UTC

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It is comtháng lớn use up activations và just calling in they either reset them or add more activations or you use the one off method lớn Call in each time.

Nothing is stopping you from installing this above sầu your user count limit that is where the trust và audits come in so be sure you keep your user counts in mind when it is time to lớn renew.


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Dec 5, 2018 at 15:58 UTC

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Uninstall the software, that frees the license and then once you are ready lớn install it, the seat is available.


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Dec 5, 2018 at 16:56 UTC

Depending on your setup & if you have a lot of machines it may be beneficial to thiết lập a KMS server và let it manage the activations.


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Dec 5, 2018 at 17:07 UTC

if you are doing this from volume license you can always just login and acquire the keys.

If you are doing it through volume licensing, you can use 3rd các buổi tiệc nhỏ tools like Magical Jelly Bean Keyfinder, its by no means fool-proof, but it does work for the majority of windows licenses. 


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John2995 Dec 6, 2018 at 19:đôi mươi UTC

JCAlexandres wrote:

Uninstall the software, that frees the license & then once you are ready to install it, the seat is available.

No. Uninstalling doesn"t send an un-activation to lớn the VLSC, at least not reliably. 


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