How Do I Create a KMS Server for DNS?


Angela Bailey

Creating a KMS Server for DNS

In this tutorial, we will walk you through the process of creating a KMS (Key Management Service) server for DNS. This server will allow you to activate Microsoft products using volume licensing keys. By setting up a KMS server, you can simplify the activation process and ensure that your software remains genuine and fully licensed.

Before we begin, make sure you have the following requirements in place:

  • A Windows Server operating system (2008 or later)
  • Valid volume licensing keys for the Microsoft products you want to activate
  • An active internet connection

Step 1: Install the DNS Server Role

To start, we need to install the DNS server role on your Windows Server operating system. Here’s how you can do it:

  1. Open the ‘Server Manager’ by clicking on the corresponding icon in the taskbar.
  2. Select ‘Add roles and features’ from the ‘Manage’ menu.
  3. In the ‘Add Roles and Features Wizard’, click ‘Next’ until you reach the ‘Server Roles’ section.
  4. Select ‘DNS Server’ and click ‘Next’.
  5. Review the information provided and click ‘Next’ again.
  6. Finally, click ‘Install’ to start the installation process.

Step 2: Configure DNS Settings

Once the DNS server role is installed, we need to configure some settings to ensure proper functionality. Follow these steps:

  1. Open the ‘Server Manager’ again if it’s not already open.
  2. Select ‘DNS’ from the left-hand menu.
  3. In the ‘DNS Manager’ window, right-click on your server name and select ‘Properties’.
  4. In the ‘Interfaces’ tab, ensure that the DNS server is listening on the desired IP address. If necessary, select the correct IP address from the list.
  5. Under the ‘Forwarders’ tab, specify the DNS servers provided by your internet service provider (ISP) or any other reliable DNS servers. This will allow your KMS server to resolve external domain names.
  6. Apply the changes and close the ‘DNS Manager’.

Step 3: Install Volume Activation Services Role

Now that our DNS server is configured, we need to install the Volume Activation Services role. Here’s what you should do:

  1. Open ‘Server Manager’ once again if it’s not already open.
  2. Select ‘Volume Activation Services’ and click ‘Next’.
  3. Finally, click ‘Install’ to start installing the role.

Step 4: Configure KMS Server Settings

After installing the Volume Activation Services role, we need to configure our KMS server settings. Follow these steps:

  1. Open the newly installed Volume Activation Tools from either Start Menu or Server Manager Tools list.
  2. Note:

    If you can’t find the Volume Activation Tools, try restarting your computer after the installation.

  3. In the ‘Volume Activation Tools’ window, select ‘Volume Activation Services’.
  4. In the ‘Action’ menu, click on ‘Install a KMS host key’.
  5. Enter your KMS host key and click ‘Commit’.
  6. Once the key is installed, click on ‘Activate’ to activate your KMS server using Microsoft’s activation servers.


Congratulations! You have successfully created a KMS server for DNS.

This will allow you to activate your Microsoft products using volume licensing keys. Remember to keep your KMS server up and running to ensure continuous activation of your software.

Make sure to regularly check for updates and renew your volume licensing keys as necessary to maintain a valid license for your Microsoft products.

Now that you have learned how to create a KMS server for DNS, you can easily manage and activate multiple Microsoft products within your organization. Enjoy the benefits of simplified software activation and enhanced license compliance!

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