Microsoft is offering a range of free resources, from Solution Accelerators to volume activation tools in order to simplify the adoption of its latest technologies, including Windows 7 and Office 2010, especially as far as business customers are concerned. One particular offering from the Redmond company is the Volume Activation Management Tool (VAMT) 2.0, which enables IT Professionals to centrally manage Windows 7 activations. Of course, the tool is by no means limited to the latest iteration of the Windows client.

“VAMT 2.0 also manages activations for Windows Vista, Windows Server 2008 R2, Windows Server 2008, Office 2010 client suites and applications, Visio 2010 and Project 2010,” Microsoft’s Jodi Kogan revealed. “You can perform KMS, MAK and retail activations on remotely managed systems, all from a single VAMT console. The process is simple; VAMT first discovers the computers and installed products. Then, the product key is installed for the target systems to be activated.” More »

Windows Vista introduces a new tool on top of what its predecessor Windows XP had to offer in terms of dealing with licensing resources, from the product key to information related to the activation status of a machine. The Windows Software Licensing Management Tool can be accessed via the “slmg.vbs” command and will offer users the possibility to activate, rearm and display the activation status of Vista, but also to install and uninstall product keys. In this context, the “slmgr.vbs –upk” command, designed to uninstall a Windows Vista product key, may result on the Business and Enterprise SKUs of the operating system into the scraping of all the licensing information, synonymous with a lost activation status, and the transition of the platform into reduced functionality mode.

“After you run the slmgr.vbs –upk command on a Windows Vista-based computer, you cannot see the licensing information as expected. Additionally, the Windows Vista activation status is lost. More »