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Activate an Individual Device Over a Private Network Using VAMT 3.0 (Standard 8)

7/8/2014

Learn how to activate your Windows Embedded 8 Standard (Standard 8) device over your private network by using the Volume Activation Management Tool (VAMT).

You can activate a device by using proxy activation in the Volume Activation Management Tool (VAMT). This activation method enables you to perform activation for products installed on devices that do not have Internet access. For more information on options for activation, see Select an Activation Method.

  • VAMT 3.0 host, which includes the following:
    • Windows 8 Assessment and Deployment Kit is installed.
    • The VAMT 3.0 host has internet access.
    • The VAMT 3.0 host has private network connectivity.
  • The device to be activated contains the following:

  1. On the VAMT 3.0 host, open VAMT 3.0.

  2. In the left pane, expand the Products node, right-click the Windows node, and then click Discover Products.

    screenshot of VAMT UI
  3. In the Discover Products dialog box, select Manually enter name or IP address, and then enter the name or IP address of the device you are going to activate.

    Screenshot of Discover Products window

    When VAMT 3.0 successfully locates the device, it will display it in the center pane.

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    You can search for the device or devices you want to activate in several different ways. For information about the other options, see Volume Activation Management Tool Technical Reference.
  4. Right-click the device in the center pane, click Update license status, and then click Alternate credential.

    Screenshot of alternate credential option in menu
  5. In the Windows Security dialog box, enter the user name and password for an account with administrator user rights on the device, and then click OK.

    Note that the administrator account must have a password or VAMT 3.0 will fail.

  6. A window will open and display the status of VAMT 3.0’s attempts to update the device’s information. This update can take several minutes to complete.

    Screenshot of progress window for VAMT
  7. When the process has completed, click Close.

    Note that the center pane will now have the value Notification in the License Status column for this device.

  8. Right-click the device in the center pane, click Activate, and then click Proxy activate.

    Screenshot of proxy activate option in menu
  9. In the Proxy Activate dialog box, select Acquire confirmation ID, apply to selected machine(s) and activate, select Use Alternate Credentials when applying confirmation ID, and then click OK.

    Screenshot of Proxy Activate options
  10. In the Windows Security dialog box, enter the user name and password for an account with administrator user rights on the device and click OK.

  11. A window displays the status of VAMT 3.0’s attempts to activate the device over the Internet. After a few minutes, the device will be activated.

    Note that the value in the Licensed Status column has now changed to Licensed.

    Screenshot of licensed License Status in VAMT
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