This edition cannot be upgraded – How to activate Windows Server 2016 Evaluation

 

 

I happen to have more than a couple of dozens Windows Server VMs in my HomeDC, starting with Server 2003 and ending with (the gorgeous) Server 2016.

I tested 2016 along with various products (including XenDesktop, Horizon View, VEEAM) since I first got my hands on the Tech Preview 1 and as per today, I have close enough to 15 VMs running with the 2016 Evaluation version. I didn’t really wanted to reinstall EVERYTHING just because Windows doesn’t want to switch “automatically” from Evaluation to the new Product Version for which I had a license, so I started digging into DISM.

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So, what’s to be done?

Open an elevated Command Prompt (Win+X, then A) and type:

DISM /Online /Set-Edition:ServerStandard /ProductKey:Your-VLK-Product-Key-For-WindowsStandard /AcceptEULA

NOTICE: If you have a Datacenter edition, you might need to set the edition to “ServerDatancenter” as it was the case for me.

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At the end (yeah, it takes a while…), the process might request a reboot, so reboot your server and then check the Activation status.

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PS: Not sure if this works for the Core edition. Didn’t had the time to test, but I guess it’s not working. Sad smile

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Victor an End User Computing Architect and Consultant. You find him most of the time on Twitter (@01004753) but also on LinkedIn evangelizing new technologies and processes that can change in good, the world we live in. Victor has expertise in Server & Client Virtualization, Client Management, GPU Virtualization, HyperConvergence and Enterprise Security

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