This is a quick technical note on different ways to activate Keyman Desktop for system administrators.
Activation using a command line tool
The simplest way is using the command line for kmshell.exe (located in Program Files (x86)\Tavultesoft\Keyman Desktop 8.0):
kmshell.exe -activate <key> [-s]
Details on kmshell commands can be found on our blog.
Activation using VBScript
You can also activate using COM with the TavultesoftKeymanScript object (here in VBScript, I haven't checked for syntax):
dim kmcom, package, key, product
Set kmcom = CreateObject("kmcomapi.TavultesoftKeymanScript")
key = kmcom.GetProductActivationRequest(20, "ABCDE-...")
' Send this key to Tavultesoft, receive a response
var response = "..."
Set product = kmcom.Products.ItemsByProductID(20)
The process of sending the key to Tavultesoft and getting a response can be then be shifted to another computer, if your computers are not Internet-connected.
The COM API is documented at http://help.keyman.com/developer/engine/desktop/comapi/
You can send keys to Tavultesoft at https://secure.tavultesoft.com/support/activate.php
Activation using a network server
A network activation tool called Tavultesoft Activation Server is available at http://www.tavultesoft.com/tsactsrv/