Volume Activation is a product activation technology that was first introduced with Windows Vista and Windows Server 2008. It is designed to allow Volume License customers to automate the activation process in a way that is transparent to end users.
Volume Activation applies only to systems that are covered under a Volume Licensing program and is used strictly as a tool for activation. It is not tied to license invoicing or billing.
Volume Activation provides two different models for completing volume activations. Either or both key types may be used by customers to activate systems in their organization:
- Key Management Service (KMS)
KMS allows organizations to activate systems within their own network.
- Multiple Activation Key (MAK)
MAK activates systems on a one-time basis, using Microsoft’s hosted activation services.
Important: As part of your installation, it is important to plan and manage deployment of any product using Volume Activation.