Now that I’ve settled in at Clearpath Solutions Group, I’ll be writing occasional blog posts on the company blog site. My first article went live today – a fancy little piece on using Microsoft Key Management Services with VMware View to activate Windows 7. Here’s a quick excerpt:
When deploying or recomposing a pool of Windows 7 (or Windows Vista) virtual desktops on VMware View, you may receive an error message stating: “composer agent initialization error (16): Failed to activate software license (waited 0 seconds).” This error occurs when you use a Multiple Activation Key (MAK) to activate the parent VM. View Composer QuickPrep, by default, uses Microsoft Key Management Services (KMS). VMware KB Article 1026556 provides workarounds for activating MAK clients, or bypassing activation by QuickPrep so you can use a trial key. The workarounds are appropriate for test/pilot cases, but will eventually cause problems such as MAK key exhaustion. The proper way to license and activate a deployment of Windows 7 on VMware View is to use a KMS.
Read the rest of my post on how to setup and use a KMS for VMware View on the Clearpath Blog: http://clearpathsg.com/using-kms-vmware-view-windows-activation.