KMS on Ubuntu Server

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Are you running a home lab to test software and bumping into the 180 grace period? VLMCSD might be something interesting for you.

The vlmcsd is an open source KMS emulator that can run on a variety of CPU architectures and operating systems.  You can find it officially on My Digital Life-forum (registration required) although at least one other person has mirrored it on GitHub. Running the KMS daemon on Ubuntu Server can be handy for home lab testing purposes.

The easiest way to download is through Github. I also renamed the binary to just vlmcsd to make it simpler and copied it to /usr/local/bin:

mv vlmcsd-x64-musl-static vlmcsd
sudo cp vlmcsd /usr/local/binsudo 
chmod +x /usr/local/bin/vlmcsd

Make a user to run vlmcsd as a service and give the user permissions on the binary:

sudo useradd -s /usr/sbin/nologin -r -M vlmcsd
sudo chown vlmcsd:vlmcsd /usr/local/bin/vlmcsd

Create a systemd script:

sudo vi /lib/systemd/system/vlmcsd.service

Give it the following contents:

Description=vlmcsd KMS emulator service
ExecStart=/usr/local/bin/vlmcsd -L #YOUR_IP_ADDRESS_HERE -l /var/log/vlmcsd/vlmcsd.log 

Make a folder under /var/log for logging and give the vlmcsd user permissions:

sudo mkdir /var/log/vlmcsd
sudo chown vlmcsd:vlmcsd /var/log/vlmcsd

Now you just need to enable and start the service:

sudo systemctl enable vlmcsd
sudo systemctl start vlmcsd

Check the status of the service:

sudo systemctl status vlmcsd

If all goes well, you should see output similar to below:

● vlmcsd.service - vlmcsd KMS emulator service
   Loaded: loaded (/lib/systemd/system/vlmcsd.service; enabled; vendor preset: e
   Active: active (running) since Wed 2020-05-27 06:39:31 UTC; 12s ago
  Process: 9907 ExecStart=/usr/local/bin/vlmcsd -L -l /var/log/vlmcs
 Main PID: 9909 (vlmcsd)
    Tasks: 1 (limit: 504)
   CGroup: /system.slice/vlmcsd.service
           └─9909 /usr/local/bin/vlmcsd -L -l /var/log/vlmcsd/vlmcsd

May 27 06:39:31 kms systemd[1]: Starting vlmcsd KMS emulator service...
May 27 06:39:31 kms systemd[1]: Started vlmcsd KMS emulator service.

To activate a product like Office 2016 against this KMS emulator, you can use the ospp.vbs script located in your Office installation folder:

# Change to Office installation directory
cd "C:\Program Files (x86)\Microsoft Office\Office16" 
# Set the KMS server to be used for activationcscript ospp.vbs /sethst:#YOUR_IP_ADDRESS_HERE 
# Activate Office against the set servercscript ospp.vbs /act

Here you have an overview of the official Microsoft KMS client setup keys.

Windows Server Semi-Annual Channel versions

Windows Server, version 1909, version 1903, and version 1809

Operating system editionKMS Client Setup Key
Windows Server Datacenter6NMRW-2C8FM-D24W7-TQWMY-CWH2D
Windows Server StandardN2KJX-J94YW-TQVFB-DG9YT-724CC

Windows Server LTSC/LTSB versions

Windows Server 2019

Operating system editionKMS Client Setup Key
Windows Server 2019 DatacenterWMDGN-G9PQG-XVVXX-R3X43-63DFG
Windows Server 2019 StandardN69G4-B89J2-4G8F4-WWYCC-J464C
Windows Server 2019 EssentialsWVDHN-86M7X-466P6-VHXV7-YY726

Windows Server 2016

Operating system editionKMS Client Setup Key
Windows Server 2016 DatacenterCB7KF-BWN84-R7R2Y-793K2-8XDDG
Windows Server 2016 StandardWC2BQ-8NRM3-FDDYY-2BFGV-KHKQY
Windows Server 2016 EssentialsJCKRF-N37P4-C2D82-9YXRT-4M63B

Windows 10, all supported Semi-Annual Channel versions

See the Windows lifecycle fact sheet for information about supported versions and end of service dates.

Operating system editionKMS Client Setup Key
Windows 10 ProW269N-WFGWX-YVC9B-4J6C9-T83GX
Windows 10 Pro NMH37W-N47XK-V7XM9-C7227-GCQG9
Windows 10 Pro for WorkstationsNRG8B-VKK3Q-CXVCJ-9G2XF-6Q84J
Windows 10 Pro for Workstations N9FNHH-K3HBT-3W4TD-6383H-6XYWF
Windows 10 Pro Education6TP4R-GNPTD-KYYHQ-7B7DP-J447Y
Windows 10 Pro Education NYVWGF-BXNMC-HTQYQ-CPQ99-66QFC
Windows 10 EducationNW6C2-QMPVW-D7KKK-3GKT6-VCFB2
Windows 10 Education N2WH4N-8QGBV-H22JP-CT43Q-MDWWJ
Windows 10 EnterpriseNPPR9-FWDCX-D2C8J-H872K-2YT43
Windows 10 Enterprise NDPH2V-TTNVB-4X9Q3-TJR4H-KHJW4
Windows 10 Enterprise GYYVX9-NTFWV-6MDM3-9PT4T-4M68B
Windows 10 Enterprise G N44RPN-FTY23-9VTTB-MP9BX-T84FV

Windows 10 LTSC/LTSB versions

Windows 10 LTSC 2019

Operating system editionKMS Client Setup Key
Windows 10 Enterprise LTSC 2019M7XTQ-FN8P6-TTKYV-9D4CC-J462D
Windows 10 Enterprise N LTSC 201992NFX-8DJQP-P6BBQ-THF9C-7CG2H

Windows 10 LTSB 2016

Operating system editionKMS Client Setup Key
Windows 10 Enterprise LTSB 2016DCPHK-NFMTC-H88MJ-PFHPY-QJ4BJ
Windows 10 Enterprise N LTSB 2016QFFDN-GRT3P-VKWWX-X7T3R-8B639

Windows 10 LTSB 2015

Operating system editionKMS Client Setup Key
Windows 10 Enterprise 2015 LTSBWNMTR-4C88C-JK8YV-HQ7T2-76DF9
Windows 10 Enterprise 2015 LTSB N2F77B-TNFGY-69QQF-B8YKP-D69TJ

Earlier versions of Windows Server

Windows Server, version 1803

Operating system editionKMS Client Setup Key
Windows Server Datacenter2HXDN-KRXHB-GPYC7-YCKFJ-7FVDG
Windows Server StandardPTXN8-JFHJM-4WC78-MPCBR-9W4KR

Windows Server, version 1709

Operating system editionKMS Client Setup Key
Windows Server Datacenter6Y6KB-N82V8-D8CQV-23MJW-BWTG6
Windows Server StandardDPCNP-XQFKJ-BJF7R-FRC8D-GF6G4

Windows Server 2012 R2

Operating system editionKMS Client Setup Key
Windows Server 2012 R2 Server StandardD2N9P-3P6X9-2R39C-7RTCD-MDVJX
Windows Server 2012 R2 DatacenterW3GGN-FT8W3-Y4M27-J84CP-Q3VJ9
Windows Server 2012 R2 EssentialsKNC87-3J2TX-XB4WP-VCPJV-M4FWM

Windows Server 2012

Operating system editionKMS Client Setup Key
Windows Server 2012BN3D2-R7TKB-3YPBD-8DRP2-27GG4
Windows Server 2012 N8N2M2-HWPGY-7PGT9-HGDD8-GVGGY
Windows Server 2012 Single Language2WN2H-YGCQR-KFX6K-CD6TF-84YXQ
Windows Server 2012 Country Specific4K36P-JN4VD-GDC6V-KDT89-DYFKP
Windows Server 2012 Server StandardXC9B7-NBPP2-83J2H-RHMBY-92BT4
Windows Server 2012 MultiPoint StandardHM7DN-YVMH3-46JC3-XYTG7-CYQJJ
Windows Server 2012 MultiPoint PremiumXNH6W-2V9GX-RGJ4K-Y8X6F-QGJ2G
Windows Server 2012 Datacenter48HP8-DN98B-MYWDG-T2DCC-8W83P

Windows Server 2008 R2

Operating system editionKMS Client Setup Key
Windows Server 2008 R2 Web6TPJF-RBVHG-WBW2R-86QPH-6RTM4
Windows Server 2008 R2 HPC editionTT8MH-CG224-D3D7Q-498W2-9QCTX
Windows Server 2008 R2 StandardYC6KT-GKW9T-YTKYR-T4X34-R7VHC
Windows Server 2008 R2 Enterprise489J6-VHDMP-X63PK-3K798-CPX3Y
Windows Server 2008 R2 Datacenter74YFP-3QFB3-KQT8W-PMXWJ-7M648
Windows Server 2008 R2 for Itanium-based SystemsGT63C-RJFQ3-4GMB6-BRFB9-CB83V

Windows Server 2008

Operating system editionKMS Client Setup Key
Windows Web Server 2008WYR28-R7TFJ-3X2YQ-YCY4H-M249D
Windows Server 2008 StandardTM24T-X9RMF-VWXK6-X8JC9-BFGM2
Windows Server 2008 Standard without Hyper-VW7VD6-7JFBR-RX26B-YKQ3Y-6FFFJ
Windows Server 2008 EnterpriseYQGMW-MPWTJ-34KDK-48M3W-X4Q6V
Windows Server 2008 Enterprise without Hyper-V39BXF-X8Q23-P2WWT-38T2F-G3FPG
Windows Server 2008 HPCRCTX3-KWVHP-BR6TB-RB6DM-6X7HP
Windows Server 2008 Datacenter7M67G-PC374-GR742-YH8V4-TCBY3
Windows Server 2008 Datacenter without Hyper-V22XQ2-VRXRG-P8D42-K34TD-G3QQC
Windows Server 2008 for Itanium-Based Systems4DWFP-JF3DJ-B7DTH-78FJB-PDRHK

Earlier versions of Windows

Windows 8.1

Operating system editionKMS Client Setup Key
Windows 8.1 ProGCRJD-8NW9H-F2CDX-CCM8D-9D6T9
Windows 8.1 EnterpriseMHF9N-XY6XB-WVXMC-BTDCT-MKKG7
Windows 8.1 Enterprise NTT4HM-HN7YT-62K67-RGRQJ-JFFXW

Windows 8

Operating system editionKMS Client Setup Key
Windows 8 ProNG4HW-VH26C-733KW-K6F98-J8CK4
Windows 8 Pro NXCVCF-2NXM9-723PB-MHCB7-2RYQQ
Windows 8 Enterprise32JNW-9KQ84-P47T8-D8GGY-CWCK7
Windows 8 Enterprise NJMNMF-RHW7P-DMY6X-RF3DR-X2BQT

Windows 7

Operating system editionKMS Client Setup Key
Windows 7 ProfessionalFJ82H-XT6CR-J8D7P-XQJJ2-GPDD4
Windows 7 Professional NMRPKT-YTG23-K7D7T-X2JMM-QY7MG
Windows 7 Professional EW82YF-2Q76Y-63HXB-FGJG9-GF7QX
Windows 7 Enterprise33PXH-7Y6KF-2VJC9-XBBR8-HVTHH
Windows 7 Enterprise NYDRBP-3D83W-TY26F-D46B2-XCKRJ
Windows 7 Enterprise EC29WB-22CC8-VJ326-GHFJW-H9DH4

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