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:
Using the Activation option to try and activate with a KMS key throws an error:
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!).
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:
Of course, this will only work if you have a KMS host running on your network and have configured the KMS correctly.