Configure a KMS host computer to activate volume licensed versions of Office

Applies to: Volume licensed versions of Office 2019 and Office 2016, including Project and Visio

To activate volume licensed versions of Office, including Project and Visio, you must have a KMS host computer. You can configure a Windows Server computer to be a KMS host computer by installing the Volume Activation Services role and then running the Volume Activation Tools wizard.

To enable the KMS host computer to activate Office, you must install the Office Volume License Pack and enter your KMS key on the KMS host computer. Then, you need to activate the KMS key over the internet or by telephone.

If you have a KMS host computer configured to activate Windows, you can configure that same KMS host computer to active Office. You can also configure a KMS host computer to activate multiple versions of Office, such as Office 2019 and Office 2016. In these cases, the KMS host computer must be running an operating system that supports KMS for each of the versions of Office that you want to activate. You'll also need to install the Office Volume License Pack for each version of Office on the KMS host computer and activate a KMS host key for each version of Office.

Office supports KMS host computers running on the following operating systems, depending on which version of Office is being activated by KMS:

  • Office 2019: At least Windows Server 2012 or at least Windows 8.1 (volume editions)
  • Office 2016: At least Windows Server 2008 R2 or at least Windows 7 Service Pack 1 (volume editions)

You can download the appropriate Office Volume License Pack from the Microsoft Download Center: Office 2019, Office 2016. To get the KMS key, sign in to the Volume Licensing Service Center (VLCS) and download the KMS key for each product and version of Office that you want KMS to activate.

Note

If you are setting up KMS on Windows 7 volume license edition or Windows Server 2008 R2, you must first install a patch as described in Microsoft Knowledge Base article 2757817. This patch allows the KMS host computer to activate Office clients that run on Windows 8.

Configure the KMS host computer

To configure the KMS host computer to activate Office, you must be a member of the Administrators group on the KMS host computer.

If your KMS host computer has internet access, do the following:

  1. Sign in to the Volume Licensing Service Center (VLCS) and download the KMS key for each product and version of Office that you want KMS to activate.
  2. On the KMS host computer, download the appropriate Office Volume License Pack from the Microsoft Download Center: Office 2019, Office 2016.
  3. Run the Office Volume License Pack executable file. This will install the Office Volume License Pack on the KMS host computer and then opens the Volume Activation Tools wizard.
  4. Follow the steps in the Volume Activation Tools wizard. Enter our KMS key when prompted.
  5. If you have a firewall, make sure port 1688 is open to allow the KMS host service through the firewall.
    • Go to Control Panel > System and Security > Windows Firewall.
    • Click the Allow an app or feature through Windows Firewall link.
    • Click the Change Settings button.
    • Select the check box for Key Management Service and then choose OK.

If your KMS host computer doesn't have internet access, you can activate it by telephone.

  1. From an elevated command prompt, go to the Windows\system32 folder, and then run the following command:
   cscript slmgr.vbs /dti ACTIVATIONID

Replace ACTIVATIONID with the Activation ID for your version of Office. The Activation ID for Office 2019 is 70512334-47B4-44DB-A233-BE5EA33B914C, and the 2016 Activation ID for Office 2016 is 98EBFE73-2084-4C97-932C-C0CD1643BEA7.

The result of this command is a 36-digit installation ID. Paste the installation ID number into Notepad, and then break it up into six groups of six numbers.

  1. At the command line, run the following command:
  slui.exe 4

This launches the Windows phone activation wizard and it will display a telephone number.

After you have obtained the telephone number, cancel the wizard. You can ignore the activation ID displayed by the wizard. It is for Windows.

  1. Call the telephone number. At each prompt, enter a group of six numbers. This is the installation ID that you obtained in step 1.

  2. When you hear the response, write down the numbers. This is your confirmation ID.

  3. At the command line, run the following command:

cscript slmgr.vbs /atp CONFIRMATIONID ACTIVATIONID

Replace CONFIRMATIONID with the 48 digit confirmation ID that you received over the telephone.

Replace ACTIVATIONID with the Activation ID for your version of Office. The Activation ID for Office 2019 is 70512334-47B4-44DB-A233-BE5EA33B914C, and the 2016 Activation ID for Office 2016 is 98EBFE73-2084-4C97-932C-C0CD1643BEA7.

  1. You should see a message that the confirmation ID was successfully deposited.

Verify activations by the KMS host computer

After you set up the KMS host computer, KMS clients send requests for activation and increment the current count of activations. The current count must be 5 or more before KMS clients are activated. The maximum current count is double the activation threshold, or 10. You can also check the KMS log in the Applications and Services Logs folder for event ID 12290, the ID for KMS-related activity. The KMS log records activation requests from KMS clients. Each event displays the name of the computer and the time stamp of each activation request.

Verify the KMS key is successfully installed and activated

From an elevated command prompt on the KMS host computer, run the following command:

   cscript slmgr.vbs /dlv all

To view information only for Office 2019, specify the Activation ID after the /dlv parameter. For example:

    cscript slmgr.vbs /dlv 70512334-47B4-44DB-A233-BE5EA33B914C

The following is an example of the output. The line that says: "License Status: Licensed" indicates that your KMS host computer is successfully activated.

Name: Office 16, OfficeKMSHostVL_KMS_Host edition
Description: Office 16, VOLUME_KMS channel
Activation ID: 98EBFE73-2084-4C97-932C-C0CD1643BEA7
Application ID: 0ff1ce16-a989-479d-af46-f275c6370663
Extended PID: 05426-00206-234-001162-03-1033-9200.0000-0992013
Installation ID: 020650770493837252929082195773527024195725809211989214
Use License URL: https://activation.sls.microsoft.com/SLActivateProduct/SLActiva
teProduct.asmx?configextension=o16
Validation URL: https://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkID=187557
Partial Product Key: KDQ2G
License Status: Licensed
Remaining Windows rearm count: 1000
Trusted time: 10/26/2016 9:58:33 AM
Key Management Service is enabled on this machine
   Current count: 0
   Listening on Port: 1688
   DNS publishing enabled
   KMS priority: Normal
Key Management Service cumulative requests received from clients
   Total requests received: 0
   Failed requests received: 0
   Requests with License Status Unlicensed: 0
   Requests with License Status Licensed: 0
   Requests with License Status Initial grace period: 0
   Requests with License Status License expired or Hardware out of tolerance: 0
   Requests with License Status Non-genuine grace period: 0
   Requests with License Status Notification: 0