What type of windows licesense do I have?

Saturday, September 5th, 2015

Any reasonable sized Windows development shop will find itself using both Volume Licensed and MSDN software. Due to the nature of the MSDN licensing; sometimes you have to verify the licenses. The question asked is “How do you tell the difference?”

In my particular instance, a simple command will give you information to make the distinction.

slmgr /dli

(use CTRL + C to copy output from the resulting window)

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Windows Script Host
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Name: Windows(R), Enterprise edition
Description: Windows(R) Operating System, VOLUME_KMS_W10 channel
Partial Product Key: *snip*
License Status: Licensed
*snip*

If you notice where it displayed “channel” you will see the word “VOLUME”

This particular install uses a volume license.

The following was taken from a test server:

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Windows Script Host
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Name: Windows Server(R), ServerStandard edition
Description: Windows Operating System - Windows Server(R), VOLUME_KMSCLIENT channel
Partial Product Key: *snip*
License Status: Licensed
Volume activation expiration: 249240 minute(s) (173 day(s))

Key Management Service client information
 Client Machine ID (CMID): *snip*
 KMS machine name from DNS: *snip*
 KMS machine extended PID: *snip*
 Activation interval: 120 minutes
 Renewal interval: 10080 minutes
 KMS host caching is enabled

Another volume license.

In time I will update this with output from an OEM, Retail, and MSDN.

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