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Microsoft Exchange Server 2013 Enterprise
Microsoft Exchange Server 2013 Standard
Microsoft Project Server 2013
Microsoft SharePoint Server 2013 Enterprise
Microsoft SharePoint Server 2013 Standard
Volume License Key (if applicable)

Server Setup Keys

How do I get my key?

Server Setup keys are used for each server product/version combination to "unlock" the product and will bypass activation.

There are three ways to obtain setup keys:

  • Physical fulfillment. For products acquired through physical fulfillment, the setup key is printed on the media sleeve.

  • Download fulfillment. For products acquired by download, the setup key is provided with the download.

  • For products that are available for download from the Microsoft Volume Licensing Service Center ( VLSC ) Web site, the setup key is provided on the download screen and may be accompanied with the following text: "Some products available for download require setup keys. Please take note of this setup key as it will be needed during product installation."

  • Microsoft Activation Center. You can call the Activation Call Center to obtain the setup keys you need. When you call, you will be asked to provide Volume Licensing agreement information and proof of purchase.

I need more help. Where do I go?

Please visit Microsoft Help and Support for a variety of product support options. For support related to product keys and activation, call your Microsoft Activation Center.

Windows Essential Business Server 2008 CAL Suite for Premium Users or Devices
Volume License Key (if applicable)

Windows Essential Business Server 2008 Premium CAL Suite key (for user or device). There is a different key corresponding to each CAL pack (1, 5, 20, 50 CALs)

How do I get my key?

Keys can be obtained from VLSC or by calling the Microsoft Activation Center.

I need more help. Where do I go?

Find information about using Windows Essential Business Server 2008 product keys.

Please visit Microsoft Help and Support for a variety of product support options. For support related to product keys and activation, call your Microsoft Activation Center.

Microsoft Exchange Server 2007 Enterprise Edition
Microsoft Exchange Server 2007 Standard Edition
Microsoft Exchange Server 2010 Enterprise
Microsoft Exchange Server 2010 Standard
Microsoft Forefront Protection 2010 for Exchange Server
Microsoft Forefront Security for Exchange Server
Microsoft Forefront Security for SharePoint
Microsoft Identity Lifecycle Manager (ILM) Server 2007
Microsoft Office Forms Server 2007
Microsoft Office Groove Server 2007
Microsoft Office Project Portfolio Server 2007
Microsoft Office Project Server 2007
Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007 Enterprise Edition
Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007 for Internet Sites
Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007 for Search Enterprise Edition
Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007 for Search Standard Edition
Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007 Standard Edition
Volume License Key (if applicable)

Server Setup Keys

How do I get my key?

Server Setup keys are used for each server product/version combination to "unlock" the product and will bypass activation.

There are three ways to obtain setup keys:

  • Physical fulfillment. For products acquired through physical fulfillment, the setup key is printed on the media sleeve.

  • Download fulfillment. For products acquired by download, the setup key is provided with the download.

  • For products that are available for download from the Microsoft Volume Licensing Service Center ( VLSC ) Web site, the setup key is provided on the download screen and may be accompanied with the following text: "Some products available for download require setup keys. Please take note of this setup key as it will be needed during product installation."

  • Microsoft Activation Center. You can call the Activation Call Center to obtain the setup keys you need. When you call, you will be asked to provide Volume Licensing agreement information and proof of purchase.

I need more help. Where do I go?

Please visit Microsoft Help and Support for a variety of product support options. For support related to product keys and activation, call your Microsoft Activation Center.

Windows Server 2008 Datacenter
Windows Server 2008 Datacenter without Hyper-V
Windows Server 2008 for Itanium-Based Systems
Volume License Key (if applicable)

Windows Server 2008 Data Center/Itanium Multiple Activation Key ( MAK ) and/or Windows Server 2008 Data Center/Itanium Key Management Service ( KMS )

How do I get my key?

Keys can be obtained from VLSC or by calling the Activation Call Center. The KMS key is assigned; it will enable you to activate all of these Windows Server 2008 editions. You must request a MAK key if you need one. The MAK key will enable you to activate all of these Windows Server 2008 editions. If you are unable to access VLSC , contact your Activation Call Center.

Note: These keys and the product activation process are different from prior server operating system versions. Please familiarize yourself before deploying Windows Server 2008 in your organization.

I need more help. Where do I go?

Windows Server 2008 R2 Enterprise
Windows Server 2008 R2 Standard
Volume License Key (if applicable)

Windows Server 2008 R2 Standard/Enterprise Multiple Activation Key ( MAK ) and/or Windows Server 2008 R2 Standard/Enterprise Key Management Service ( KMS )

How do I get my key?

Keys can be obtained from VLSC or by calling the Activation Call Center. Please see the table in the Product Keys FAQ for more information on how MAK and KMS keys can be used and what products are enabled using each of the keys.

Note: These keys and the product activation process are different from prior operating system versions. Please familiarize yourself before deploying Windows Server 2008 R2 in your organization.

I need more help. Where do I go?

Windows MultiPoint Server 2010
Volume License Key (if applicable)

Windows Web Server 2008 R2 Multiple Activation Key ( MAK )

Note: MultiPoint Server shares the same product keys as Windows Server 2008 R2. Please make sure to use the "Windows Web Server 2008 R2 MAK A" for MAK activation.

How do I get my key?

Keys can be obtained from VLSC or by calling the Activation Call Center. Please see the table in the Product Keys FAQ for more information on how MAK and KMS keys can be used and what products are enabled using each of the keys.

Note: These keys and the product activation process are different from prior operating system versions. Please familiarize yourself before deploying Windows MultiPoint Server in your organization.

I need more help. Where do I go?

System Center 2012
Volume License Key (if applicable)

Setup Keys

How do I get my key?

Setup keys are used for each product/version combination to "unlock" the product and will bypass activation.

There are three ways to obtain setup keys:

  • Physical fulfillment. For products acquired through physical fulfillment, the setup key is printed on the media sleeve.

  • Download fulfillment. For products acquired by download, the setup key is provided with the download. rganization.

  • For products that are available for download from the Microsoft Volume Licensing Service Center (VLSC) website, the setup key is provided on the download screen and may be accompanied with the following text: "Some products available for download require setup keys. Please take note of this setup key as it will be needed during product installation."

  • Microsoft Activation Center. You can call the Activation Call Center to obtain the setup keys you need. When you call, you will be asked to provide Volume Licensing agreement information and proof of purchase.

I need more help. Where do I go?

Please visit Microsoft Help and Support for a variety of product support options. For support related to product keys and activation, call your Microsoft Activation Center.

Project Server 2010
Search Server 2010
Volume License Key (if applicable)

Server Setup Keys

How do I get my key?

Server Setup keys are used for each server product/version combination to "unlock" the product and will bypass activation.

There are three ways to obtain setup keys:

  • Physical fulfillment. For products acquired through physical fulfillment, the setup key is printed on the media sleeve.

  • Download fulfillment. For products acquired by download, the setup key is provided with the download.

  • For products that are available for download from the Microsoft Volume Licensing Service Center (VLSC) Web site, the setup key is provided on the download screen and may be accompanied with the following text: "Some products available for download require setup keys. Please take note of this setup key as it will be needed during product installation."

  • Microsoft Activation Center. You can call the Activation Call Center to obtain the setup keys you need. When you call, you will be asked to provide Volume Licensing agreement information and proof of purchase.

I need more help. Where do I go?

Please visit Microsoft Help and Support for a variety of product support options. For support related to product keys and activation, call your Microsoft Activation Center.

Windows HPC Server 2008
Volume License Key (if applicable)

Windows Web/HPC 2008 Server Multiple Activation Key ( MAK ) and/or Windows Web/HPC 2008 Server Key Management Service ( KMS )

How do I get my key?

Keys can be obtained from VLSC or by calling the Activation Call Center. The KMS key is assigned; it will enable you to activate all of these Windows Server 2008 editions. You must request a MAK key if you need one. The MAK key will enable you to activate all of these Windows Server 2008 editions. If you are unable to access VLSC , contact your Activation Call Center.

Note: These keys and the product activation process are different from prior server operating system versions. Please familiarize yourself before deploying Windows Server 2008 in your organization.

I need more help. Where do I go?

Windows Server 2008 Enterprise
Windows Server 2008 Enterprise without Hyper-V
Volume License Key (if applicable)

Windows Server 2008 Standard/Enterprise Multiple Activation Key ( MAK ) and/or Windows Server 2008 Standard/Enterprise Key Management Service ( KMS )

How do I get my key?

Keys can be obtained from VLSC or by calling the Activation Call Center. The KMS key is assigned; it will enable you to activate all of these Windows Server 2008 editions. You must request a MAK key if you need one. The MAK key will enable you to activate all of these Windows Server 2008 editions. If you are unable to access VLSC , contact your Activation Call Center.

Note: These keys and the product activation process are different from prior server operating system versions. Please familiarize yourself before deploying Windows Server 2008 in your organization.

I need more help. Where do I go?

Windows Server 2008 HPC Edition
Windows Server 2008 HPC Edition without Hyper-V
Volume License Key (if applicable)

Windows Web/HPC 2008 Server Multiple Activation Key ( MAK ) and/or Windows Web/HPC 2008 Server Key Management Service ( KMS )

How do I get my key?

Keys can be obtained from VLSC or by calling the Activation Call Center. The KMS key is assigned; it will enable you to activate all of these Windows Server 2008 editions. You must request a MAK key if you need one. The MAK key will enable you to activate all of these Windows Server 2008 editions. If you are unable to access VLSC , contact your Activation Call Center.

Note: These keys and the product activation process are different from prior server operating system versions. Please familiarize yourself before deploying Windows Server 2008 in your organization.

I need more help. Where do I go?

Windows Server 2008 Standard
Windows Server 2008 Standard without Hyper-V
Volume License Key (if applicable)

Windows Server 2008 Standard/Enterprise Multiple Activation Key ( MAK ) and/or Windows Server 2008 Standard/Enterprise Key Management Service ( KMS )

How do I get my key?

Keys can be obtained from VLSC or by calling the Activation Call Center. The KMS key is assigned; it will enable you to activate all of these Windows Server 2008 editions. You must request a MAK key if you need one. The MAK key will enable you to activate all of these Windows Server 2008 editions. If you are unable to access VLSC , contact your Activation Call Center.

Note: These keys and the product activation process are different from prior server operating system versions. Please familiarize yourself before deploying Windows Server 2008 in your organization.

I need more help. Where do I go?

Windows Server 2012 R2
Windows Server 2012 R2 for Embedded Systems
Volume License Key (if applicable)

Windows Server 2012 R2 Multiple Activation Key ( MAK ) and/or Windows Server 2012 R2 Key Management Service ( KMS )

How do I get my key?

Keys can be obtained from VLSC or by calling the Activation Call Center. The KMS and MAK keys are assigned; they will enable you to activate your product.

I need more help. Where do I go?

Windows Web Server 2008
Volume License Key (if applicable)

Windows Web/HPC 2008 Server Multiple Activation Key ( MAK ) and/or Windows Web/HPC 2008 Server Key Management Service ( KMS )

How do I get my key?

Keys can be obtained from VLSC or by calling the Activation Call Center. The KMS key is assigned; it will enable you to activate all of these Windows Server 2008 editions. You must request a MAK key if you need one. The MAK key will enable you to activate all of these Windows Server 2008 editions. If you are unable to access VLSC , contact your Activation Call Center.

Note: These keys and the product activation process are different from prior server operating system versions. Please familiarize yourself before deploying Windows Server 2008 in your organization.

I need more help. Where do I go?

Windows Web Server 2008 R2
Volume License Key (if applicable)

Windows Web Server 2008 R2 Multiple Activation Key ( MAK ) and/or Windows Web Server 2008 R2 Key Management Service ( KMS )

How do I get my key?

Keys can be obtained from VLSC or by calling the Activation Call Center. Please see the table in the Product Keys FAQ for more information on how MAK and KMS keys can be used and what products are enabled using each of the keys.

Note: These keys and the product activation process are different from prior operating system versions. Please familiarize yourself before deploying Windows Web Server 2008 R2 in your organization.

I need more help. Where do I go?

Windows Server 2008 R2 Datacenter
Windows Server 2008 R2 for Itanium-Based Systems
Volume License Key (if applicable)

Windows Server 2008 R2 Data Center/Itanium Multiple Activation Key ( MAK ) and/or Windows Server 2008 R2 Data Center/Itanium Key Management Service ( KMS )

How do I get my key?

Keys can be obtained from VLSC or by calling the Activation Call Center. Please see the table in the Product Keys FAQ for more information on how MAK and KMS keys can be used and what products are enabled using each of the keys.

Note: These keys and the product activation process are different from prior operating system versions. Please familiarize yourself before deploying Windows Server 2008 R2 in your organization.

I need more help. Where do I go?

Please visit Microsoft Help and Support for a variety of product support options. For support related to product keys and activation, call your Microsoft Activation Center.

Windows Small Business Server 2011 Essentials
Volume License Key (if applicable)

Win SBS Std/Essentials 2011 MAK

How do I get my key?

Keys can be obtained from VLSC or by calling the Activation Call Center. Please see the table in the Product Keys FAQ for more information on how a MAK key can be used and what products are enabled using each of the keys.

Note: This key and the product activation process are different from prior operating system versions. Small Business Server 2011 installs automatically as a Key Management Server (KMS) client. KMS, which is another type of Volume Licensing key, is not offered for Small Business Server 2011. Only a MAK is available. To use a MAK, customers will need to convert their KMS client machine to a MAK activation client by installing a MAK.

Please familiarize yourself before deploying Windows Small Business Server 2011 in your organization.

I need more help. Where do I go?

Windows Small Business Server 2011 Premium Add-on
Volume License Key (if applicable)

Windows Server 2008 R2 Standard/Enterprise Multiple Activation Key ( MAK )

How do I get my key?

Keys can be obtained from VLSC or by calling the Activation Call Center. Please see the table in the Product Keys FAQ for more information on how a MAK key can be used and what products are enabled using each of the keys.

Note: This key and the product activation process are different from prior operating system versions. Small Business Server 2011 installs automatically as a Key Management Server (KMS) client. KMS, which is another type of Volume Licensing key, is not offered for Small Business Server 2011. Only a MAK is available. To use a MAK, customers will need to convert their KMS client machine to a MAK activation client by installing a MAK.

Please familiarize yourself before deploying Windows Small Business Server 2011 in your organization.

I need more help. Where do I go?

Windows Small Business Server 2011 Standard
Volume License Key (if applicable)

Win SBS Std/Essentials 2011 MAK

How do I get my key?

Keys can be obtained from VLSC or by calling the Activation Call Center. Please see the table in the Product Keys FAQ for more information on how a MAK key can be used and what products are enabled using each of the keys.

Note: This key and the product activation process are different from prior operating system versions. Small Business Server 2011 installs automatically as a Key Management Server (KMS) client. KMS, which is another type of Volume Licensing key, is not offered for Small Business Server 2011. Only a MAK is available. To use a MAK, customers will need to convert their KMS client machine to a MAK activation client by installing a MAK.

Please familiarize yourself before deploying Windows Small Business Server 2011 in your organization.

I need more help. Where do I go?

Windows Small Business Server 2008 Premium
Windows Small Business Server 2008 Standard