Windows Volume Activation represents a set of activation methods available to customers who will be using either Windows 7 or Windows Server 2008 R2 under the Microsoft Volume Licensing (VL) Program or using VL media. Use this reference document to learn how best to position Volume Activation with your customers and about the activation processes.
• Customers can run a local activation service, called Key Management Service (KMS), in their environment.
• Customers can complete activation directly with Microsoft using a Multiple Activation Key (MAK).
Windows Volume Activation
Customers can use any combination of methods to activate machines in their environment, depending on the needs of their organization and network infrastructure. These VA methods began with Windows Vista and Windows Server 2008 and continue forward to Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2. Product activation is required for all editions of Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2.
What is new for Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2
• Refined end-user experience that includes a clear and simplified user interface, an updated activation notification experience and customizable user experience for enterprise activation and deployment.
• Easier and more flexible activation as part of deployment including KMS enhancements such as inclusion of virtual systems towards KMS activation thresholds, platform infrastructure for supporting multiple applications, configurable integration with Domain Name Server (DNS), and VA tool sets as part of the Windows Automated Installation Kit (WAIK).
• Streamlined PC management including optimized services, expansion of Windows Management Interface (WMI) properties, and an improved Volume Licensing Service Center (VLSC).
Download : Volume Activation BattleCard for Windows 7.