Pirates have released another ingenious workaround to Vista's copy
protection: a hacked copy of Microsoft's yet-to-be-released volume
licencing activation server, running in VMware.
Volume Activation 2.0 is one of the more controversial features of
Vista: it means that every copy of Vista has to be activated, even the
Business/Enterprise volume licenced editions.
However, to make life easier for administrators, Microsoft worked in
a more convenient system of in-house for en masse activation of PCs
called KMS – Key Management Service.
The idea behind KMS is that you have a single PC running KMS which
can then handle activation for all your Vista clients, so that they
don’t have to connect back to Microsoft every single time.
The downside of KMS is that the activation is only good for 180
days, to discourage people bringing in their home systems, activating
them and wandering off again.
Bearing in mind that KMS wasn’t scheduled to be released until next
year, pirates have managed to get hold of KMS and produce a standalone,
fully-activated KMS server called “Windows Vista Local Activation
Server – MelindaGates”. Tongue-in-cheek of course…the first “cracked”
version of Vista was called Vista BillGates.
Read the full article on APC Magazine. A quick search shows it on several torrent sites already.