Microsoft Releases Free “Volume Activation Management Tool (VAMT) 2.0” for Windows 7 & Office 2010

Volume Activation Management Tool (VAMT) 2.0 is a managed MMC plug-in.  VAMT uses Windows Management Instrumentation (WMI) to configure managed systems. A convenient command line interface (CLI) allows automated, scheduled VAMT tasks without UI interaction.  (Thanks Jodi)
Using the VAMT console, administrators can perform many activation-related tasks on remote computers:
    • Manage product keys obtained from the Volume Licensing Service Center (VLSC) or other sources including retail and Microsoft subscription programs such as MSDN, TechNet and partner programs — and product activations using those keys.
    • Activate remote systems using Key Management Service (KMS), Multiple Activation Key (MAK) or retail activation methods.
    • Perform disconnected proxy activation and reactivation of systems without each system having to connect with Microsoft activation services individually.
    • Assist with license compliance by enabling IT administrators to monitor system license state, including whether systems are licensed and running genuine Windows or Office.
Additional VAMT 2.0 Resources:
Manage Activation Using VAMT 2.0 – White Paper – VAMT can be an important tool to help you centrally manage and automate a range of activities related to Windows activation. Core benefits of VAMT include:
    • The ability to protect product keys by retaining them only in the VAMT console, vs. including a key in an image or distributing it in plain text
    • Perform activations without each system having to connect and activate with Microsoft activation services
    • Inventory and monitor systems in the environment from an activation and licensing standpoint VAMT enables you to remotely activate managed systems. You can perform MAK, KMS host, KMS client, and retail activations. VAMT uses WMI to remotely manage activations and other related tasks on managed systems. VAMT also can assist with license compliance, letting you monitor license state for the systems under management
Activation in Disconnected Environments Using VAMT 2.0 – Administrators have several alternatives for product activation in disconnected environments, such as branch offices and high-security zones within a production environment. In this document, we cover one of these options in depth. This method uses Multiple Activation Keys (MAKs) and the VAMT 2.0. VAMT enables administrators to centrally manage and automate product activation for Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows Server 2008, Windows Server 2008R2, and Office 2010 client suites and applications, Visio 2010 and Project 2010 clients.
Manage Product Keys Using VAMT 2.0 – VAMT helps adminsitrators to manage keys acquired through a Microsoft volume license agreement, subscription programs such as MSDN, TechNet or Microsoft Partner Network, or the retail channel. VAMT 2.0 enables management of the following product key types, for Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows Server 2008 R2, Windows Server 2008, Office 2010 client suites and applications, Visio 2010 and Project 2010:
    • Key Management Service (KMS) host keys (CSVLK)
    • KMS client setup keys
    • Multiple Activation Key keys (MAK)
    • Retail keys
Product Activation Using VAMT 2.0 – This document explains how to perform the following activation-related tasks using VAMT 2.0: 1. Discover computers and installed products 2. Remotely install a product key on those products 3. Remotely complete typical product activations that you might use in your environment—online, proxy, and Key Management Service (KMS) client activation 4. Save the Computer Information List, and perform local reactivations using that list.
Reporting Activation Information Using VAMT 2.0 – VAMT 2.0 can be used to track and report activation data for Windows operating systems activated using Key Management Service (KMS), Multiple Activation Keys (MAK), and retail keys. This information also can help you with license compliance. VAMT can be used in addition to any tool you already may be using for the purpose of software asset management or license management.
Volume Activation of Microsoft Office 2010 – Describes and illustrates how to manage Office 2010 Volume Activation methods: Multiple Activation Key (MAK) and Key Management System (KMS).

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