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Windows 7 - ESU MAK-Key and MCS


Thomas Luther

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Hi everybody,

 

we are using Windows 7 and deploy most of the machines via MCS.

We bought a subscription for Windows 7 ESU and received a MAK to deploy. It works perfectly fine with persistent VDI machines - but as far as I know MAK is not supported with MCS.

Any hints on how this problem can be solved?

Or does it behave a little bit different with the ESU-MAK than with a regular "activation-MAK"?

 

Thanks in advance for your help.

Regards

Thomas

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2 hours ago, Kasper Johansen1709159522 said:

Hi,

 

As far as I know MCS does not support MAK based activation, it's KMS only.

 

PVS (Provisioning) supports MAK based activation of the operating system, not Office, so that might be a way to go? Otherwise you have to get a KMS key to activate Windows.

 

Hi, 

thank you for your answer. The OS itself is activated via KMS - no problems there.

But the ESU subscription comes as a MAK - i think there's no KMS-Key available for ESU-subscription.

 

Moving from MCS to PVS for over 4000 clients is not really an option ;)

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Hi,

 

As per this blog, there is indeed no way to activate the ESU keys through KMS:

https://techcommunity.microsoft.com/t5/windows-it-pro-blog/obtaining-extended-security-updates-for-eligible-windows-devices/ba-p/1167091

But there are ways to automate it, for instance; you could have a script run on first boot (through GPO) that activates your ESU MAK key using the slmgr command.

 

Best,

 

Koenraad

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