Product activation is required for Windows Server and client operating systems and all Microsoft Office client applications. Product keys for these products are issued with a finite number of activations.
The way that product activation keys are consumed is different for Action Pack subscribers and competency partners.
For Action Pack subscribers, the product activation keys are consumed based on scenario:
- If the software is installed on a new or different machine, a product activation is consumed against the product key.
- If the software is installed on the same machine, with no changes made to the hardware, a product activation is not consumed against the product key.
- If the software is installed on the same machine, with changes made to the hardware, a product activation is consumed against the product key.
For competency partners, each time a machine is activated, one of the product activations for that particular product key is consumed; this includes situations in which the same machine is reimaged and activated. For this reason, the number of licenses your organization is entitled to and the number of activations it has been assigned are not the same. You should not activate learning, development lab, and demonstration computers that are frequently reimaged. Instead, for these computers, you should use the initial grace periods combined with the rearm functionality. For specific details, refer to the Partner Volume Activation Guide. If you have questions about the product keys you have been issued by the Microsoft Partner Network, contact your local Regional Service Center.
Partner Volume Activation Guide
Regional Service Center