Many IT managers are upgrading their internal infrastructure and switching to the more recent Windows Server 2012 / 2012R2 operating systems now that Microsoft Windows 2012 has been available for a few years. While certain roles can still be installed using outdated techniques, others can now be installed more easily by navigating through the server roles directly rather than by running a command. This article explains how to install the appropriate server role in order to deploy a Key Management Service (KMS) host on a Windows 2008 r2 kms activation operating system step-by-step.

A Microsoft software product needs to be activated after it has been installed. Previously, Microsoft had to handle program activation directly by requiring the entry of a "Multiple Activation Key" (MAK). The KMS server of the GWDG can also do this activation for each University of Göttingen computer connected to the GÖNET. Therefore, entering a license key is no longer required in order to activate a Microsoft software package.

Products for KMS activator windows server 2012

With the KMS server, these Microsoft software items can be activated:

  • Windows 11 Education, Business, and Professional
  • Windows 10 Education, Enterprise, LTSC, and Professional
  • 2022 Windows Server
  • 2019 Windows Server
  • Windows Server 2012 / 2012 R2 Windows Server 2016
  • For Windows, Microsoft Office LTSC 2021
  • Windows version of Microsoft Office 2019
  • Windows version of Microsoft Office 2016

Setting up KMS with Roles for Windows 2012 Servers: Install KMS Server 2012

  • • Add a role first in order to start the KMS host installation on the Windows Server 2012 / 2012R2 computer:
  • • Choose either feature-based or role-based installation next:
  • • Choose the server on which the installed roles will be located:
  • • Choose the Volume Activation Services option on the Add Roles and Features Wizard.

Setting up a KMS Server does not necessitate the Volume Activation Services role. It is strongly advised to use this role rather than the conventional KMS Server paradigm for management reasons.

If you need to install any extra roles or features, the server will urge you to do so.

A brief explanation of the features offered by installing the Volume Activation Services role can be seen on the Volume Activation Services screen. This will make it possible to set up an Active Directory-Based Activation server or install a KMS host.

How KMS Works

During installation, a KMS software package automatically searches for a local KMS server without requiring the user to submit a licensing key. The program initiates its own 180-day activation if a KMS server is detected. The software resets this time period to 180 days once a week by contacting the KMS server. You are granted a grace period of thirty days in the event that the KMS server is unavailable for 180 days. You receive a warning message during these thirty days, and you need to reconnect to our KMS server (using VPN, for example, if you are not connected to the GÖNET). If not, the software will minimize its functions until you re-establish a connection with our KMS server.

Activation When Installing

In many circumstances, the KMS server finds itself automatically. After that, especially if a machine is a part of an Active Directory Domain, no further action is required. You can still manually activate your software using our KMS server if this doesn't work.

Activation of Microsoft Office 2016, 2019 and 2021


  • • Log into your computer with an administrator account.
  • • Type into the search field
  • • cmd.exe
  • • Click with the right mouse button on cmd.exe and select “Run as Administrator”
  • • Change to the directory where Microsoft Office is installed.
  • • If you are running a 32bit Office on a 32bit Windows or an 64bit Office on a 64bit Windows, enter
  • • cd \Program Files\Microsoft Office\Office16
  • • if you are running a 32bit Office on a 64bit Windows, enter
  • • cd \Program Files (x86)\Microsoft Office\Office16
  • • Enter
  • • cscript ospp.vbs /sethst:ug-kms.uni-goettingen.de to connect to our KMS server
  • • Finally enter
  • • cscript ospp.vbs /act to complete the activation process

A cryptographic key management system (KMS) is a system designed to safely store, manage, and restore cryptographic keys. Naturally, each KMS supports different sorts of keys, and this varies from platform to platform. You can normally handle one or more of the following secrets with the majority of key management services:

Private keys for SSL certificates

  • SSH key duos
  • API keys
  • Private keys for code signing
  • Private keys for document signing
  • Keys for database encryption

The purpose of key management services is to assist you in preventing the loss or theft of keys, which could lead to a data breach, system outage, or data loss. Although the features of various solutions varied slightly, the majority of key management services have at least these features:

  • Web-based key management interface for cryptography.
  • Private key backup and storage that is secure (usually on a hardware security module, or HSM; we'll talk more about that in a moment).
  • To incorporate the KMS with your servers, programs, and systems, use APIs and/or plugins.