VAMT Requirements

This topic includes info about the product key and system requirements for VAMT.

Product Key Requirements

The Volume Activation Management Tool (VAMT) can be used to perform activations using any of the following types of product keys.

Product key type Where to obtain
  • Multiple Activation Key (MAK)
  • Key Management Service (KMS) host key (CSVLK)
  • KMS client setup keys (GVLK)
Volume licensing keys can only be obtained with a signed contract from Microsoft. For more info, see the Microsoft Volume Licensing portal.
Retail product keys Obtained at time of product purchase.

System Requirements

The following table lists the system requirements for the VAMT host computer.

Item Minimum system requirement
Computer and Processor 1 GHz x86 or x64 processor
Memory 1 GB RAM for x86 or 2 GB RAM for x64
Hard Disk 16 GB available hard disk space for x86 or 20 GB for x64
External Drive Removable media (Optional)
Display 1024x768 or higher resolution monitor
Network Connectivity to remote computers via Windows Management Instrumentation (TCP/IP) and Microsoft Activation Web Service on the Internet via HTTPS
Operating System Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows 8.1, Windows 10, Windows Server 2008 R2, Windows Server 2012, or later.
Additional Requirements
  • Connection to a SQL Server database. For more info, see Install VAMT.
  • PowerShell 3.0: For Windows 8, Windows 8.1, Windows 10, and Windows Server 2012, PowerShell is included in the installation. For previous versions of Windows and Windows Server, you must download PowerShell 3.0. To download PowerShell, go to Download Windows PowerShell 3.0.
  • If installing on Windows Server 2008 R2, you must also install .NET Framework 3.51.