i installed windows server 2012 r2 standard evaluation version in IBM x3650 M4 server. also i connected domain controller configured as a secondary server. now I purchase a Volume License Key. but when i Activating with key I am getting error that key cant be used to activate this edition of windows
Try an SKUUPGRADE - the eval issue can as such not be activated.
To determine the installed edition, run:
DISM /online /Get-CurrentEdition
To check the possible target editions, run:
DISM /online /Get-TargetEditions
Finally, to initiate an upgrade, run:
DISM /online /Set-Edition:<edition> /ProductKey:XXXXX-XXXXX-XXXXX-XXXXX-XXXXX
is how it works. See whether you can change from eval to standard.
But you may be out of luck - and then you may need a reinstallation.
But if it works then you MAY be lucky - if the VLK is not requiring a totally different version.
There is a reason we normally avoid installing eval versions for production.
Note to all voters to close: This is not a LEGAL advice - the poster asks about a technical implementation issue which is ok according to the board. Technically he does not ask about LICENSING (terms etc. - legal issue and VERY complicated) but how to activate his key (technical issue), and we do handle those here. Heck, for some parts of windows there are hugh guidelines for the technical side...
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C:\Users\MrCMD>DISM /online /Get-CurrentEdition
Deployment Image Servicing and Management tool Version: 6.3.9600.17031 Image Version: 6.3.9600.17031 Current edition is: Current Edition : ServerStandardEval The operation completed successfully.
C:\Users\MrCMD>DISM /online /Get-TargetEditions
Deployment Image Servicing and Management tool Version: 6.3.9600.17031 Image Version: 6.3.9600.17031 Editions that can be upgraded to: Target Edition : ServerStandard Target Edition : ServerDatacenter The operation completed successfully.
C:\Users\MrCMD>DISM /online /Set-Edition:ServerStandard /ProductKey:D2N9P-3P6X9-2R39C-7RTCD-MDVJX /AcceptEula
Deployment Image Servicing and Management tool Version: 6.3.9600.17031 Image Version: 6.3.9600.17031 Starting to update components... Starting to install product key... Finished installing product key. Removing package Microsoft-Windows-ServerStandardEvalEdition~31bf3856ad364e35~amd64~~6.3.9600.16384 [==========================100.0%==========================] Finished updating components. Starting to apply edition-specific settings... Finished applying edition-specific settings. The operation completed successfully. Restart Windows to complete this operation. Do you want to restart the computer now? (Y/N)
After 'Strike Y' and Computer Restarting, I got 'Windows is activated'. What a powerful command line, dude. :)
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