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Need to activate a Win Svr 2012 from Eval to Standard. Having issues

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  • Not sure on why I am having this issue as I wanted to setup a server through TechNet first and get it up and running while we were purchasing the license. When I went into the activation center I received this message from the server 

    The product key you have entered will not work with this edition of Windows Server 2012.

    you must either run Windows server 2012 setup or enter a windows server 2012 standard Eval product key.

    My problem is that a programmer completed his project on this server and its ready for product. I went onto the knowledge base and found this.

    1. Read the license terms.
    2. From an elevated command prompt, determine the current edition name with the command DISM /online /Get-CurrentEdition. Make note of the edition ID, an abbreviated form of the edition name. Then runDISM /online /Set-Edition:<edition ID> /ProductKey:XXXXX-XXXXX-XXXXX-XXXXX-XXXXX /AcceptEula, providing the edition ID and a retail product key. The server will restart twice.

    When I get the info it show me

    PS C:\Windows\system32> dism /Online /Get-CurrentEdition

    Deployment Image Servicing and Management tool
    Version: 6.2.9200.16384

    Image Version: 6.2.9200.16384

    Current edition is:

    Current Edition : ServerStandardEval

    The operation completed successfully.
    PS C:\Windows\system32>

    Should I complete the instruction and will this work. I can't make a mistake as I need to put this into product.

    No you are wondering why didn't I just purchase a copy. Where I work the process is to slow. We wanted to get a jump on it.

    Need help

    Ralph

    Friday, May 31, 2013 8:46 PM

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  • I guess you are struggling because the documentation is a bit vague on this.

    You are wanting to change the edition from "ServerStandardEval" to be "ServerStandard", as this is what converts from evaluation to licensed.

    So do this:

    DISM /online /Set-Edition:ServerStandard /ProductKey:XXXXX-XXXXX-XXXXX-XXXXX-XXXXX /AcceptEula

    refer: http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/jj574204.aspx


    Don
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    Friday, May 31, 2013 11:05 PM
  • thank you sir it worked.
    Monday, June 03, 2013 8:45 PM
  • Yes worked here too. Question well worded and complete by OP.
    Sunday, July 28, 2013 8:18 PM
  • Didn't work for me(

    C:\Windows\system32>DISM /online /Set-Edition:ServerStandard /ProductKey:xxxxx-xxxxx-xxxx-xxxxx-xxxxx /AcceptEula

    Deployment Image Servicing and Management tool
    Version: 6.2.9200.16384

    Image Version: 6.2.9200.16384


    Error: 0x8a010101

    The specified product key could not be validated.
    Check that the specified product key is valid and that it matches the target edi
    tion.

    The DISM log file can be found at C:\Windows\Logs\DISM\dism.log

    C:\Windows\system32>DISM /online /get-targeteditions

    Deployment Image Servicing and Management tool
    Version: 6.2.9200.16384

    Image Version: 6.2.9200.16384

    Editions that can be upgraded to:

    Target Edition : ServerDatacenter
    Target Edition : ServerStandard

    The operation completed successfully.

    C:\Windows\system32>DISM /online /Get-CurrentEdition

    Deployment Image Servicing and Management tool
    Version: 6.2.9200.16384

    Image Version: 6.2.9200.16384

    Current edition is:

    Current Edition : ServerStandardEval

    The operation completed successfully.

    Key is new and official from Microsoft

    Thursday, December 12, 2013 4:02 PM
  • Didn't work for me(

    C:\Windows\system32>DISM /online /Set-Edition:ServerStandard /ProductKey:xxxxx-xxxxx-xxxx-xxxxx-xxxxx /AcceptEula

    Deployment Image Servicing and Management tool
    Version: 6.2.9200.16384

    Image Version: 6.2.9200.16384


    Error: 0x8a010101

    The specified product key could not be validated.
    Check that the specified product key is valid and that it matches the target edi
    tion.

    The DISM log file can be found at C:\Windows\Logs\DISM\dism.log

    C:\Windows\system32>DISM /online /get-targeteditions

    Deployment Image Servicing and Management tool
    Version: 6.2.9200.16384

    Image Version: 6.2.9200.16384

    Editions that can be upgraded to:

    Target Edition : ServerDatacenter
    Target Edition : ServerStandard

    The operation completed successfully.

    C:\Windows\system32>DISM /online /Get-CurrentEdition

    Deployment Image Servicing and Management tool
    Version: 6.2.9200.16384

    Image Version: 6.2.9200.16384

    Current edition is:

    Current Edition : ServerStandardEval

    The operation completed successfully.

    Key is new and official from Microsoft

    if the key is new, are you sure it is WS2012 and not WS2012R2 ?

    It seems to me that your server version is WS2012 (v6.2), and, a new key would most likely be WS2012R2 (v6.3) ?


    Don
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    Thursday, December 12, 2013 7:54 PM
  • Don,

    You were right! It was key from 2012 R2

    THX

    Friday, December 13, 2013 5:10 PM
  • Many thanks for the info worked just fine me
    Saturday, January 18, 2014 7:01 AM
  • Works fine. Thank you
    Saturday, February 15, 2014 5:20 PM
  • This works, thanks for the helpfull response. MS should reword the technet article as it had me wondering as well.
    Friday, April 11, 2014 3:45 PM