Ask MDT Guy: How do I add Office and Windows Activation to MDT 2013?

Yesterday I received an e-mail from a reader asking about how one would go about activating office and Windows in MDT 2013.

Turns out this is actually pretty simple, both can be done easily from the command line The quickest way to do this it is by simply adding it to your task sequence.

I prefer however to add it as an application. This gives you the benefit of only activating when you’re ready to deploy at prime time, and keeps you from burning up activations when you’re only testing, giving you control of when and where it is done.

I also recommend adding your office key in the Office Customization Wizard, thus keeping your key out of plain text, and safe from snooping eyes. For Windows, I can’t recommend KMS enough, but if you’re using MAK, you may have to keep that in your answer file as well.

Office 2010 (64bit)

cscript "C:\Program Files\Microsoft Office\Office14\ospp.vbs" /act

Windows 7

cscript c:\windows\system32\slmgr.vbs /ato

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