Systems Management Question

Windows 10 Imaging and Activation

06/03/2016 2537 views
Good Morning,

We have a golden image of Windows 10 for our organization.  This is built in VMWare and snapshots have been created along the way.  All setup is done through Audit Mode and Windows had no key or activation.  The snapshots are over 30 days old now.  We use a KMS server for activation.  There are some changes we need to make tbut cannot because it needs to be activated.  We always create a snapshot prior to running sysprep and creating the gold image.

Is it OK to activate the machine with the KMS server and keep it activated?  Will any machine created with this image be OK, since they use the same KMS server?  I do have the key in the unattend file.  Is it better to set the skiprearm to 1?  If so how would I do this in windows 10?  I am not finding much other than set skiprearm to 1 then set it back to 0 prior  to sysprep.  I would need a general step by step so I get an understanding of this.  I know how to do this with sysprep itself, but the snapshot is already in audit mode.

Any help appreciated.

Thank You
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All my masters are in kms to start.  They release the info they need when you sysprep so KMS works fine before and after.  I have backups that have sat for months I went back to with no problems.  I have never had any problems with MS licensing on any of masters or targets with KMS active.

If you are using enterprise the rearm count does not apply so you can skip that.
Answered 06/03/2016 by: SMal.tmcc
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Ok, it sounds like I can put our KMS key in the master and keep the master activated, thus not getting the 30 day licensing limit set by MS.

Thank you for the input.  I know things have changed with Win 10 and I was unsure.  

Answered 06/03/2016 by: m698322h
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