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Volume Activation Management Tool 3.1 – Implementing and Activating

Microsoft Volume Activation Management Toolkit is a free tool to manage and apply Microsoft licenses over the network. Administrators can use VAMT to remotely apply licenses to products like Windows OS and Microsoft Office. Clients does not have to connect to internet to activate, VAM tool machine act as a proxy on the activation process.

VAMT work with licenses such as KMS and MAK. Also this can use to generate reports on varies licensing activities. Latest version of the volume activation management tool is VAMT 3.1

Features of VAMT 3.1

  • Activate Windows, Office, Viso, and Project versions
  • Remotely activate systems using MAK and KMS keys
  • Active directory based activation – clients activated through active directory, only windows 8 & 2012 above supported.
  • PowerShell support
  • Proxy authentication – Clients does not require internet to activate, VAMT will route the activation process by itself. 
  • License reporting are built into VAMT, this can be used to identify which computers are not in compliance.

Installing VAMT

  1. Download ADK for windows 10

    VAMT 3.1 comes with windows automated deployment toolkit. So you have to download it for VAMT

    http://download.microsoft.com/download/8/1/9/8197FEB9-FABE-48FD-A537-7D8709586715/adk/adksetup.exe

  2. Run the ADK setup


  3. If required run the .NET framework 4.5 installation


  4. Accept the agreement
  5. Select Volume activation management tool and SQL express


  6. Install
  7. After successfully completed the installation, run the VAMT
  8. You will be promoted to select the SQL database which will be hosting the VAMT data. If your environment is having a SQL database server you can select that one or use the SQL express edition which can be installed from the ADK itself. For this article I’m using the SQL Edition comes with the ADK. Or else you can use following link to download the SQL Express 2012.
    https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=29062

  9. Select Create New Database


  10. Give a database name and click connect


  11. It will create the database and connect to it


Adding Product Keys

You need to insert product keys to VAMT before activating products, keys such as Windows KMS, Windows MAK and Office keys can be imported.

  1. Open VAMT console and go to the product keys section
  2. Right click and select Add Product Keys..


  3. Enter the product key or keys and click Add Keys






Activate using VAMT

To activate, you have discover the products and push the license key to them using VAMT. Products can be discovered using Active directory, IP address or LDAP query. For this article I’m doing an AD discovery.

  1. Open VAMT console and go to the Windows product area
  2. Right click and select discover products
  3. Select the search method and click search.


  4. Select the required computer that you need to add the MAK key, Right click on it and select Update License State