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  1. #11


    North Wales
    Posts : 449
    Win7 64-bit and Win8 32-bit in VM (+ others in VM)


    Yep - the non-genuine status merely makes cosmetic changes nowadays.

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  2. #12


    Posts : 6
    Windows 8


    Well school has started and as soon as I turned on my computer when I got there it was fixed and there was no trace of there being any problem, didn't have to do anything.
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  3. #13


    Newport, South Wales, UK
    Posts : 573
    Windows 10 Pro x64 x2 Windows 10 Enterprise x64, Ubuntu


    It's normal for a KMS key system to utilise a timer and recheck, with the server, at regular intervals. It would appear that the timer is set quite short on your school's server. You might want to mention what happened to you with your IT department contact, they may need to re-set the timer to a longer time to allow for school holidays
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  4. #14


    North Wales
    Posts : 449
    Win7 64-bit and Win8 32-bit in VM (+ others in VM)


    There are actually two timers involved with KMS activation
    the first is a minor re-validation which takes place every few days (set by the server), which I believe also resets the other timer - which must be re-connected with the server at least every 180 days (or less - the server sets this period also) for full re-activation.

    There's a lot of things which can interfere with the re-activation, depending on how the server responds to the initial activation requests, and how the license was installed in the first place (not to mention firewalls and other SNAFUs). Many companies - and it sounds like the case here - simply let the local domain DNS/DHCP take care of connecting the client and server, while others (mostly with outworkers) enter the proper server connections for tunnelling into the server from outside the local network for re-activation - which avoids scenarios like that which occurred here.
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  5. #15


    Newport, South Wales, UK
    Posts : 573
    Windows 10 Pro x64 x2 Windows 10 Enterprise x64, Ubuntu


    is the first of theses timers Pre-set by MS and fixed, or would setting the first timer to 30 days, for example, eliminate the general issues in a school environment ?
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  6. #16


    North Wales
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    Win7 64-bit and Win8 32-bit in VM (+ others in VM)


    They are both set to default values by MS when installing the Server - the first I think is 9 days (variable up or down, I think), the second is 180 days - the max allowed.
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  7. #17


    Newport, South Wales, UK
    Posts : 573
    Windows 10 Pro x64 x2 Windows 10 Enterprise x64, Ubuntu


    Thanks Noel.

    More or less as I remember it, the second one is a fixed or at least max number but the first timer is variable to suit business needs.

    Been a while since I've done anything on KMS servers, and as back in those days the universal internet access was not that universal, and salespeople could be away for several weeks at a time (overseas), I recall the timers were extended
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