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We, in partnership with the Office of the Vice-Provost (Information Technology), offer several University of Alberta editions of Microsoft Windows. These editions include commonly used apps such as Office 2010 Professional Plus, Forefront Endpoint Protection 2010, and Adobe Reader X. They also feature design elements from Marketing and Communications and can be configured with recommended power and security settings.
This undertaking is intended to ease the deployment of Windows by reducing the amount of time required as well as to create a baseline in licensing, user experience, power, and security settings. Our intent is to establish these editiona as the foundation that IT administrators will build upon during their deployment of Windows. U of A Microsoft Windows is distributed by software download, as well as optionally pre-installed on systems from preferred vendors.
At this stage, we would like to receive feedback from the campus IT community. If you are interested in evaluating a copy, please contact the Help Desk at
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We operate a Key Management Service (KMS) to support volume activation of systems connected to the University network.
KMS allows organizations to activate systems within their own network and frees the IT administrator from managing product activations. To remain activated, systems must renew their activation by connecting to the KMS at least once every 180 days. By default, systems attempt to renew their activation every seven days. After a system’s activation is renewed, the activation validity interval begins again.
Windows 7 Enterprise, Windows 8 Enterprise, Windows 8.1 Enterprise andOffice 2010 Professional Plus.
There are two methods for systems to activate: manual or automatic.
For frequently asked questions about the KMS, find your answers here.