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Had a Chat with a MS Rep about Vista

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My TAM was in town, so after our regular visit, we had a informal, off the record chat about Vista.

I will try to remember most of the questions I had, and the answer. Keep in mind this is off the record, so I am not going to name my TAM to keep him from trouble lol

1.) Q: Vista requires individual lisc. If I have a site license which I use to ghost new PC's, then what do I do? hand load each Vista PC?

A: If running on a network, with a site license, you have to bring up a "KMS" server that will track the machines connected.

Q: Uh.. I have notebook users who leave for months at a time, what about them? sounds like I am screwed, if Vista doesnt detect the KMS server after 30 days.

A: You can request "MAK" kits, which are Serial Numbers with a certain # of activations assosiated with them, than can be used as part of your VLA.

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VA 2.0/MAK – Volume Activation 2.0/Multiple Activation Key: this key will activate Microsoft Windows Vista through the internet or telephone, and have a limited number of activations associated with them. Computers can be activated on an individual basis or by a central computer which can activate multiple computers at a time.
If you require a MAK please click on the Request Multiple Activation Key(s) link.

VA 2.0/KMS – Volume Activation 2.0/Key Management Service: this key will be used to enable a new service in your environment that will automatically activate Windows Vista computers. You must have a minimum of 25 Windows Vista computers connected together to use the KMS, and all computers will be required to check back to the central service twice per year to stay activated.

For more information about Volume License Keys, including additional information on key types, best practices, and deployment options, go to: http://www.microsoft.com/licensing/r...l/default.mspx
2.) Q: I understand that upgrades of hardware is tracked by Vista and that a weighted points system is used to determine how many changes you can make before Vista requires you to buy a new copy, because your PC has changed too much. As somebody who updates stuff constantly, this could be a problem.

A: The Points have been relaxed some as of now, and the concept more or less will be scrapped or at least scaled back to XP standards. You can only activiate a Serial Number for XP so many times before MS blocks it from Validating, but this can be unlocked by a call to MS Tech Support. After the response to the weighted value system, this is more thna likely the way it's going to end up being. People didnt like the idea much.

3.) Q: Unique keys are a pain, with XP I can use my VLM Key for any version of XP and have it work fine, but I understand with Vista this isnt the case.

A: With your VLM you can request additional MAK's automated on the VLM Site that will auto generate a number good for 500 Activations.


Wish I had seen the thread here about DirectX 10 and the issues with MS Invalidating drivers. I will email my TAM and see what he knows.

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This is very nice to know...
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