Activation of Windows 10 in a stand-alone VPN scenario.

Elliot Smith 0 Reputation points

Our company is using stand-alone virtual machines (VBox and VMware) to support our customers legacy software (equipment we've sold in the past but still need to support, that was programed with older versions of HMI and PLC controls software). We are struggling with activating Win10 VMs because there doesn't appear to be a clear-cut way to accomplish this task. The VMs are stored on a server and copied locally to workstations to run when needed and the host systems are Windows 10 Pro. The same VM may be copied to multiple hosts over time and may only be used on a host once or twice a year. How do we go about activating or auto-activating Windows running in a VM in this scenario?

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  1. Wesley Li 6,750 Reputation points


    1. If you got KMS server in your environment, we could connect the client to the KMS server to activate them. Just install the KMS setup key to the client. And ensure the client could ping the server.

    Appendix A: KMS Client Setup Keys | Microsoft Learn

    Or open administrator command line and run "slmgr /skms kmserverip" to configure the kms server manually.

    1. If you don't have kms server, we may consider MAK product key and connect them to the internet directly.
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