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Introducing Windows Server® 2008 by The Microsoft Windows Server Team, Mitch Tulloch

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Understanding Volume Activation 2.0

Finally, it’s not enough to deploy Windows Server 2008—you also have to ensure that the product is properly licensed and activated. Microsoft products sold through OEM, retail, and Volume Licensing channels now include product activation technology to reduce software piracy and ensure that your copies of the products are genuine. Windows Server 2008 uses the same type of activation that was first introduced in Windows Vista—namely, Volume Activation (VA) 2.0. (Previous versions of Microsoft operating systems such as Windows XP and Windows Server 2003 use VA 1.0.) VA 2.0 uses two types of keys:

  • Multiple Activation Keys (MAKs). In this scenario, your product keys activate either individual computers or a group ...

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