I uploaded our Windows 7 32bit Enterprise source media to the k2000, used the web UI walkthrough to create the setup configuration/un-attend answer file, but when I run the scripted install I get this error:

"The unattend answer file contains an invalid product key ..."

I have tried both of our MAK and KMS enterprise keys from Microsoft, repeatedly, and still receive the error. I can install Windows 7 direct from the disc and the key works fine.

Anyone have this issue?
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Check your unattended.xml file for two product key entries. If you have one in <settings pass="windowsPE"> and one in <settings pass="specialize">, try removing the one in the <settings pass="windowsPE"> section. Check this post out.
Answered 02/22/2011 by: kena1409
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Here is a link to KMS keys on the technet website.
[link]http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/ff793421.aspx[/link]
These work every time!

Then to cserrins point, come back and apply your keys with a post install task.
Answered 02/22/2011 by: dchristian
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We have been using Win 7 scripted installs without entering a key, although we have to select Win 7 enterprise for which version of the OS to install in the unattend wizard. It connects to our KMS with no problems. Machines on our network can use DNS to find the KMS server address. Don't have to run slmgr.vbs at all.
Answered 02/23/2011 by: ncsutmf
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Yeah, if you're using the volume license media you don't need to put in a key for kms with sysprep. In fact, you want to use the stock volume license key so that someone that steals a machine can't get your kms/mak key.
Answered 02/25/2011 by: ngbrown24
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For KMS you’ll enter one of the keys on this list, not your own. Yours goes only on your KMS server.
KMS Keys: http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/ff793409.aspx

For MAK Keys you’ll need to leave your key out of the scripted install and select the OS you wish to install (rather than autoselect using key). You’ll need to create post install tasks to handle the key input and activation.
MAK Keys: http://blogs.technet.com/b/deploymentguys/archive/2009/03/30/deploying-windows-7-vl-with-mak-multiple-access-keys-using-mdt-2010.aspx

Postinstall tasks will be BAT script items and will have the following commands (I often separate them into 2 tasks):




Task Name:

Configure Client using VL MAK


Command Line:

cscript.exe c:\windows\system32\slmgr.vbs /ipk XXXXX-XXXXX-XXXXX-XXXXX-XXXXX





Task Name:

Activate the machine using the VL MAK


Command Line:

cscript.exe c:\windows\system32\slmgr.vbs /ato
Answered 02/26/2011 by: cblake
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