Upgrading WIndows Server 2012 R2 eval media to fully licensed

Did you know you can upgrade an installation of Windows Server 2012 R2 done with eval media such as MSDN media to a fully licensed version? Here’s how to do this if you have a volume licensed MAK key:

Open an elevated command prompt.

Type slmgr.vbs /div and you should see “EVAL” indicating your current installation is for evaluation only.

Type dism /online /get-currentedition and note the edition ID.

Type dism /online /set-edition: /productkey:XXXXX-XXXXX-XXXXX-XXXXX-XXXXX using your previously determined edition ID and your MAK license key.

The above tip was previously published in an issue of WServerNews, a weekly newsletter from TechGenix that focuses on the administration, management and security of the Windows Server platform in particular and cloud solutions in general. Subscribe to WServerNews today by going to http://www.wservernews.com/subscribe.htm and join almost 100,000 other IT professionals around the world who read our newsletter!

Mitch Tulloch is an eleven-time recipient of the Microsoft Most Valuable Professional (MVP) award and a widely recognized expert on Windows Server and cloud computing technologies.  Mitch is also Senior Editor of WServerNews. For more information about him see http://www.mtit.com.


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