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  • Is there a way to downgrade 2012 Server Datacenter edition to 2012 Standard edition? Reason I ask is that someone on my team installed and already configured the servers as Datacenter but we only have keys for the Standard edition. I read some threads that you could "Upgrade" to Datacenter, just hoping you can downgrade. You would think it would be just as simple.

    Thanks,

    Chris

    Friday, November 18, 2016 9:44 PM

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  • I think you'll have to reinstall it. Stepping down on editions isn't allowed.

    C:\Windows\System32>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:
    (The current edition cannot be upgraded to any target editions.)
    The operation completed successfully.
    C:\Windows\System32>

     

     



    Regards, Dave Patrick ....
    Microsoft Certified Professional
    Microsoft MVP [Windows Server] Datacenter Management

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    Friday, November 18, 2016 10:01 PM
  • Hi Chris,

    >> someone on my team installed and already configured the servers as Datacenter but we only have keys for the Standard edition. 

    You could build a new standard server, and then migrate the roles and data to it.

    Best Regards,

    Leo


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    Sunday, November 20, 2016 1:42 PM
  • Hello,

    Sorry you cant downgrade from DataCenter to Standard, so both Dave and Leo are right.

    Best regards,


    Gilles Tremblay
    MCSE Server | Desktop | Messaging | Collaboration | Productivity | Mobility | Cloud Platform and Infrastructure

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    • Proposed as answer by Leo Han Wednesday, November 30, 2016 1:52 AM
    Sunday, November 20, 2016 1:47 PM
  • Hi Chris,

    Are there any updates?

    You could mark the reply as answer if it is helpful.

    Best Regards,

    Leo


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    Wednesday, November 30, 2016 1:52 AM