Solved Windows machines spontaneously forget activation

November 30, 2015 at 10:16:29
Specs: Windows 7
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We have a farm of servers that all have separate Windows activation's, no volume licensing, no KMS, nada, all separate Windows licenses.

We recently got audited and were told to tighten up on security, this involved closing off internet to that farm. About a month later, we are finding more and more Windows installs are becoming unactivated.

Was there a patch they recently forced out that makes Windows call home to verify the activation? Anyone heard of anything like this yet?

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#1
November 30, 2015 at 13:16:44
"We recently got audited and were told to tighten up on security"
By your company auditors, or a pop up message?

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#2
November 30, 2015 at 16:06:31
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In theory, if you're not using volume activation, activation's a one-time thing. In practice, Windows will reactivate whenever it thinks the environment has changed too much, and virtual environments tend to trip that detection a lot.

Easiest fix is to just allow HTTP and HTTPS traffic between your servers and microsoft.com.

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December 18, 2015 at 09:35:01
For those interested in what was wrong..

As mentioned in the previous post, the internet was cut off to the farm of those servers. The problem was when Windows Updates went to check for new updates, the genuine advantage tool couldn't call back to Microsoft, so it in turn inactivated the licenses.

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