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MMC 3-based user interface ^
VAMT 2.0 uses the Microsoft Management Console (MMC) 3. The main difference to the interface of VAMT 1.2 is that there now is a third pane in the middle where the managed computers are displayed. In VAMT 1.2, you had to create a folder before you could add computers. In VAMT 2.0, these folders can’t be added anymore. This might be a disadvantage in large environments. If you want to add new computers you have to click on the Products folder. New is that you can use LDAP queries to add computers. VAMT 1.2 only allows you to manually add computers and search for computers in Active Directory or Workgroup.
Command line interface ^
It is now possible to run VAMT 2.0 from a command line interface, allowing you to use the tool in scripts. This enables you to schedule Windows activation tasks. To learn more about VAMT’s command line interface switches, you can run just run vamt /?
Install products key remotely ^
Aside from the command line interface, this is probably the most interesting new feature in VAMT 2.0. With VAMT 1.2, you can only remotely activate Windows machines. But this assumes that the correct product key is already installed on the client computer. VAMT 2.0 has a new product key folder where you can add your own keys. To remotely install a product key, you have to right click on the corresponding machines and then select the key from your VAMT database.
Import data ^
If you already scanned your network with a VAMT 1, then you can save the data to a .cil file and import it to VAMT 2. The difference between opening and importing a .cil file is that the latter won’t overwrite the already loaded (Computer Information List). VAMT will remove all duplicates. Note that you can’t open .cil files in VAMT 1.2 that you saved with VAMT 2.0.
Office 2010 support ^
As you probably know, Office 2010 also requires activation. It is only available as a beta, but if you want to try how Office activation works in a network, then you need VAMT 2.0 (or KMS 2.0 in Windows Server 2008 R2).
Last activation status ^
This is just a minor enhancement but it can be helpful sometimes. You can display the last activation status of a computer through its context menu. It is the same message you see in the “Status of the last action” column. The problem is that you often can’t see the whole message because it doesn’t fit in the column. With this new command, you spare yourself from resizing the VAMT window. The arrows on the right hand side allow you to scroll through all computers.