Key Management Services (KMS)

Roger Roger 5,046 Reputation points
2022-04-18T10:26:24.107+00:00

Hi All

i have my 20 percent windows servers on vSphere and 80 percent servers in Azure. i am new to KMS licensing. i have a KMS server installed on Azure. Below is the version.

Activation Management Tool version 2.0.67.0 installed on Windows Server 2016

When we provision the VMs from Azure image we select the below option. i want to come up with windows server 2022 image in Azure. will the Activation Management Tool version 2.0.67.0 on Windows 2016 server support Windows Server 2022 KMS licensing.

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  1. Prrudram-MSFT 22,921 Reputation points
    2022-04-19T10:18:33.76+00:00

    Hello @Roger Roger ,

    Thank you for reaching out to the Microsoft Q&A platform. Happy to answer your question.

    The answer is Yes. Your KMS host can activate the license on any windows server OS and Client OS. There is no dependency on the windows OS running on the KMS host. In your case, the windows server 2022 image in Azure Marketplace has the appropriate KMS client setup key already configured.

    A computer running Windows Server or Windows. A KMS host running on a Windows Server operating system can activate computers running both server and client operating systems, however a KMS host running on a Windows client operating system can only activate computers also running client operating systems.
    Reference : https://learn.microsoft.com/en-us/windows-server/get-started/kms-client-activation-keys

    Please "Accept as Answer" and Upvote if the answer provided is useful, so that you can help others in the community looking for remediation for similar issues.

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