Convert Windows Server 2016 Evaluation to Licensed


After Windows Server 2016 was announced GA on Ignite 2016 I installed the 180 day evaluation version of the Standard edition. As a test / for research purposes I wondered if this edition could be converted to a licensed edition, and how this could be done.

So here goes.

KMS keys for Windows can be found here: https://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/jj612867.aspx
AVMA keys for Windows can be found here: https://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/dn303421.aspx

Running winver.exe shows us I’m tunning the Evaluation version:
00a-windows-server-2016-eval-to-licensed

Using the Activation option to try and activate with a KMS key throws an error:
00b-windows-server-2016-eval-to-licensed

If you installed the Evaluation version, you first need to convert this edition to the licensed edition.
So, back to good old dism.exe.

In an elevated prompt type the following line:
dism /online /set-edition:ServerStandard /productkey:WC2BQ-8NRM3-FDDYY-2BFGV-KHKQY /accepteula

The product key that is used here is the KMS key for Windows Server 2016 Standard Edition.

Reboot the server (it will reboot twice!).

Checking winver.exe:
03-windows-server-2016-eval-to-licensed

In an elevated prompt type the following:
slmgr /ipk WC2BQ-8NRM3-FDDYY-2BFGV-KHKQY

Again, this is the KMS key for Windows Server 2016 Standard Edition.

After that, activate Windows by typing the following in an elevated prompt:
slmgr /ato

Of course, this will only work if you have a KMS host running on your network and have configured the KMS correctly.

Cheers

20+ years experience in Microsoft powered environments. Enjoy automating stuff using scripts, powershell, and even batch files. In my free time (hah! as if there is any) I hunt achievements and gamerscore on anything Xbox Live enabled (Windows Mobile, Windows 8, Windows 10, Xbox 360 and Xbox One). When I'm not doing that I enjoy traveling or riding my Yamaha R1 on the edge ;)

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One comment on “Convert Windows Server 2016 Evaluation to Licensed
  1. tscholem says:

    Interesting enough that “dism /online /?” shows a switch called “/set-productkey”, which cannot be used on Online images. The help doesn’t show your “/productkey” switch, but this actually works and does what is needed! Good catch!

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