Volume Activation Guide

This guide is intended to be used as part of the Microsoft ®Solution Accelerator for Business Desktop Deployment (BDD). This document provides background and specific instruction to the Deployment feature team on the setup and management of volume activation technologies for the Windows Vista™ operating system. This guide emphasizes volume activation methods and processes, and provides detailed information on how volume activation works in Windows Vista, and how it can be used with BDD 2007 for Windows Vista and the 2007 Microsoft Office system (BDD 2007).

Using This Guide


Creating a Volume Activation Plan

OEM Activation

Implementing MAK Activation

Implementing KMS Activation

Appendix A: Common Questions

Appendix B: Troubleshooting Volume Activation

Appendix C: KMS Activation Configuration

Appendix D: Activation-Related Event Log Entries

Appendix E: BDD Automation

Appendix F: Windows Anytime Upgrade

Additional Resources


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