This section provides step-by-step instructions on implementing the Volume Activation Management Tool (VAMT) in typical environments. Generally, VAMT supports three common scenarios.

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Scenario 1: MAK online activation

Describes how to distribute Multiple Activation Keys (MAKs) to products installed on one or more connected computers within a network and instruct these products to contact Microsoft over the Internet for activation.

Scenario 2: MAK proxy activation

Describes how to use two VAMT host computers — one with Internet access and a second within an isolated workgroup — as proxies to perform MAK volume activation for workgroup computers that do not have Internet access.

Scenario 3: KMS client activation

Describes how to use VAMT to configure client products for Key Management Service (KMS) activation. By default, volume license editions of Windows Vista®, Windows 7, Windows Server® 2008 or Windows Server 2008 R2, and Microsoft® Office 2010 use KMS for activation.

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