Category: How-To

Changes to VMware Academic Program

VMware moved their Academic Program to a different platform which unfortunately does not support automated user management so we are unable to continue offering VMware software to staff and students. There is a temporary solution for users that already have a VMware installation and need more time to find alternative products. We can offer a non-renewable subscription to the VMware Academic Program limited to one year. Please write to itshop@ethz.ch if you need to renew your existing licenses. […]

Converting Windows retail client to KMS activation

If you are running a retail version of Microsoft Windows (Windows Professional for example) KMS activation will not be possible. In this case we recommend reinstalling a Windows Enterprise version downloaded from IT Shop. Sometimes it may be convenient to convert an existing retail version to an Enterprise Edition with KMS activation. This can be done by using a KMS Client Setup Key for the Enterprise Edition. See https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/windows-server/get-started/kmsclientkeys for the appropriate KMS Client Setup Keys and more […]

Manually activate Microsoft KMS Software

Microsoft software that uses a KMS server for activation – Enterprise and Education versions of Windows, Windows Server, Office Suite (but not Office for Mac or Office 365) – will usually activate automatically after the installation if the device is connected to the ETH network (directly or through VPN). If the automatic activation does not work it can be done manually as described below. Windows Client/Server OS Versions Start the Command Prompt with “Right click […]