Bye SkyDrive; Hello OneDrive!

Today we are pleased to announce that SkyDrive will soon become OneDrive.

OneDrive Logo

OneDrive for Everything in Your Life

Why OneDrive? We know that increasingly you will have many devices in your life, but you really want only one place for your most important stuff. One place for all of your photos and videos. One place for all of your documents. One place that is seamlessly connected across all the devices you use. You want OneDrive for everything in your life.

Of course, changing the name of a product as loved as SkyDrive wasn’t easy. We believe the new OneDrive name conveys the value we can deliver for you and best represents our vision for the future. We are excited about what is to come, and can’t wait to share more.


For current users of either SkyDrive or SkyDrive Pro, you’re all set. The service will continue to operate as you expect and all of your content will be available on OneDrive and OneDrive for Business respectively as the new name is rolled out across the portfolio. 

Expect to be able to experience the new OneDrive soon, and if you want to be one of the first to hear about it, let us know at


Ryan Gavin

General Manager, Consumer Apps & Services - Microsoft ©

FIX: Event ID 12302, VSS (Snapshot error)

If your back-up logs shows an error while trying to create a snapshot with Volume Shadow Copy (VSS) search the eventlog of the (Virtual) Machine.

When their is an event ID 12302 (see image below) you can do the following.

  • Open an elevated command prompt
  • execute the following command: vssadmin list writers (this will start de VSS service, the service needs to be set to manual)
  • check your Application Event Log
  • Install this Microsoft Fix it


Run the vssadmin list writers command again and you will notice their is no more error message in your eventviewer.

Also see: Microsoft Support Page or Technet


Helpful links


Customize the Default User Profile by Using CopyProfile

Applies To: Windows 8, Windows 8.1, Windows Server 2012, Windows Server 2012 R2


Capture an Image for Deployment (Generalize)

Applies To: Windows 8, Windows 8.1, Windows Server 2008 R2, Windows Server 2012, Windows Server 2012 R2


Removing or Updating Windows 8 built-in Windows Store apps causes Sysprep to fail

Applies To: Windows 8, Windows 8 Enterprise, Windows 8 Pro


Customize the Start Screen

Applies To: Windows 8.1, Windows Server 2012, Windows Server 2012 R2



KMS client keys for Volume Activation

The following keys are "Generic Volume License Key" (GLVK). These keys are ment to be installed only on the clients (desktops/notebooks etc) in your enterprise network. With this key installed and your KMS host configured the right way your clients will be activated.

Note: you need to install the KMS host keys on you KMS host (they can be found on your company's Microsoft Volume Licensing webpage) so that your clients will be genuine activated! 


Windows Server 2012 R2 and Windows 8.1 Client Setup Keys

Operating system editionKMS Client Setup Key

Windows 8.1 Professional


Windows 8.1 Professional N


Windows 8.1 Enterprise


Windows 8.1 Enterprise N


Windows Server 2012 R2 Server Standard


Windows Server 2012 R2 Datacenter


Windows Server 2012 R2 Essentials



Windows Server 2012 and Windows 8 Client Setup Keys

Operating system editionKMS Client Setup Key

Windows 8 Professional


Windows 8 Professional N


Windows 8 Enterprise


Windows 8 Enterprise N


Windows Server 2012


Windows Server 2012 N


Windows Server 2012 Single Language


Windows Server 2012 Country Specific


Windows Server 2012 Server Standard


Windows Server 2012 MultiPoint Standard


Windows Server 2012 MultiPoint Premium


Windows Server 2012 Datacenter



Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2

Operating system editionKMS Client Setup Key

Windows 7 Professional


Windows 7 Professional N


Windows 7 Professional E


Windows 7 Enterprise


Windows 7 Enterprise N


Windows 7 Enterprise E


Windows Server 2008 R2 Web


Windows Server 2008 R2 HPC edition


Windows Server 2008 R2 Standard


Windows Server 2008 R2 Enterprise


Windows Server 2008 R2 Datacenter


Windows Server 2008 R2 for Itanium      



Windows Vista and Windows Server 2008

Operating system editionKMS Client Setup Key

Windows Vista Business


Windows Vista Business N


Windows Vista Enterprise


Windows Vista Enterprise N


Windows Web Server 2008


Windows Server 2008 Standard


Windows Server 2008 Standard without Hyper-V


Windows Server 2008 Enterprise


Windows Server 2008 Enterprise without Hyper-V


Windows Server 2008 HPC


Windows Server 2008 Datacenter


Windows Server 2008 Datacenter without Hyper-V


Windows Server 2008 for Itanium



VAMT 3.0 (Volume Activation Management Tool)

The Volume Activation Management Tool (VAMT) enables network administrators and other IT professionals to automate and centrally manage the Windows, Microsoft Office, and select other Microsoft products volume and retail activation process. VAMT can manage volume activation using Multiple Activation Keys (MAKs) or the Windows Key Management Service (KMS). VAMT is a standard Microsoft Management Console (MMC) snap-in and can be installed on any computer that has one of the following Windows operating systems: Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows Server 2008 R2, or Windows Server 2012.

VAMT provides a single, graphical user interface for managing activations, and for performing other activation-related tasks such as:

  • Adding and removing computers. You can use VAMT to discover computers in the local environment. VAMT can discover computers by querying AD DS, workgroups, by individual computer name or IP address, or via a general LDAP query.
  • Discovering products. You can use VAMT to discover Windows, Windows Server, Office, and select other products installed on the client computers.
  • Monitoring activation status. You can collect activation information about each product, including the last 5 characters of the product key being used, the current license state (such as Licensed, Grace, Unlicensed), and the product edition information.
  • Managing product keys. You can store multiple product keys and use VAMT to install these keys to remote client products. You can also determine the number of activations remaining for MAKs.
  • Managing activation data. VAMT stores activation data in a SQL database. VAMT can export this data to other VAMT hosts or to an archive in XML format.

How To: VAMT

Add and Manage Products

Describes how to add client computers into the VAMT system. Once added, you can manage the various products on your network.

Manage Product Keys

Describes how to add and remove a product key to the VAMT system. Once added, you can install the product key for a specific product.

Manage Activations

Describes how to activate a client computer using a variety of activation methods.

Manage VAMT Data

Describes how to save, import, export, and merge a Computer Information List (CIL) file using VAMT.