Volume Activation Management Tool (VAMT) technical reference

The Volume Activation Management Tool (VAMT) allows automation and central management of the retail-activation process for Windows, Office, and select other Microsoft products. VAMT can manage volume activation using Multiple Activation Keys (MAKs) or the Windows Key Management Service (KMS). VAMT is a standard Microsoft Management Console (MMC) snap-in. VAMT can be installed on any computer that has a supported Windows OS version.


VAMT is designed to manage volume activation for all currently supported versions of Windows, Windows Server, and Office.

VAMT is only available in an EN-US (x86) package.

In this section

Article Description
Introduction to VAMT Provides a description of VAMT and common usages.
Active Directory-based activation overview Describes Active Directory-based activation scenarios.
Install and configure VAMT Describes how to install VAMT and use it to configure client computers in the network.
Add and manage products Describes how to add client computers into VAMT.
Manage product keys Describes how to add and remove a product key from VAMT.
Manage activations Describes how to activate a client computer by using various activation methods.
Manage VAMT data Describes how to save, import, export, and merge a Computer Information List (CILX) file using VAMT.
VAMT step-by-step scenarios Provides step-by-step instructions for using VAMT in typical environments.
VAMT known issues Lists known issues in VAMT.