Quick tip: Testing volume licensing activation by a KMS

To test the volume licensing activation by a KMS (Key Management Server), you can actually do it either on the KMS server(s) or on the computer to be activated.

On a KMS server, you’d typically do:

$HT = @{
 LogName = 'Key Management Service' 
 Id =12290 
 Data = "$($TargetComputerNameFQDN)"
Get-WinEvent -FilterHashtable $HT -ErrorAction SilentlyContinue | 
ForEach-Object {
  Result = ($_.Properties)[1].Value
  'Minimum count needed to activate' = ($_.Properties)[2].Value
  'KMS client FQDN' = ($_.Properties)[3].Value
  'Client Machine ID (CMID)' = ($_.Properties)[4].Value
  'Client TimeStamp' = ($_.Properties)[5].Value
  'is client VM?' = [bool]($_.Properties)[6].Value
  'License State' = ($_.Properties)[7].Value
  'Time State to expiration (min)' = ($_.Properties)[8].Value
  GUID = ($_.Properties)[9].Value
}  | 

NB1: I found the explanation of the values on this page
NB2: the license state value 1 means activated. 2 means OOB grace. 5 means there was a problem between the time of the KMSHost and the client (>4hours)

On a client KMS computer, you’d do:

Get-CimInstance -Query "Select * FROM SoftwareLicensingProduct WHERE ApplicationId = '55c92734-d682-4d71-983e-d6ec3f16059f' AND LicenseFamily = 'Enterprise' AND Description LIKE'%VOLUME_KMSCLIENT%'" |
Select Description,ApplicationId,LicenseStatus

NB1: In the above example, I’m looking for a Windows 10 Enterprise version. Notice the LicenseStatus set to 1 (which means it’s activated).


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