Month: March 2010

TechDays Sweden day one

I realize I have been very quite on blogging for a few weeks, mainly due to a visit to Microsoft in Redmond and the MVP Summit which was suceeded by a three week vacation with my family.  Now I am at TechDays in Örebro, Sweden. Just got out from my session about AppLocker in Windows 7 which I think went quite smooth. The interest for TechDays is enormous and it has been a long day so far and it not over yet. I will attend a session on Windows 7 later today and will definetely not miss the party tonight. Still some jetlag though due to the vacation but I will struggle to get at least a couple of beers…

I also have a lot of catching up to do with my Inbox and other cool stuff that has been announced while I was on vacation, among many other things Microsoft has released some very interesting information on virtualization, read Mikael Nyströms blog post to get the summary,

The unheard of license tool called VAMT

There is this license tool that comes with Windows Automated Installation Kit and is installed by default. This unheard of tool is called Volume Activation Management Tool (VAMT). With this tool you can scan for instance all computer  objects in Active Directory to see the license status of all client machines as well as servers.

You will see what type of key (KMS/MAK) the machine is using, transition licenses from MAK to KMS, see if the license is activated on each machine and you will also be able to identify which machine is the Key Management Server.

The current version of this tool is version 1.2 but 2.0 is coming. Version 2.0 is needed to activate soon to be released Office 2010  but it also sports new features such as a command line interface for automating scans without using the user interface.