Converting a current retail version to a different current retail version of Windows Server 2012

At any time after installing Windows Server 2012, you can run Setup to repair the installation (sometimes called “repair in place”) or, in certain cases, to convert to a different edition.

You can run Setup to perform a “repair in place” on any edition of Windows Server 2012; the result will be the same edition you started with.

For Windows Server 2012 Standard, you can convert the system to Windows Server 2012 Datacenter as follows: 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 run DISM /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.

 

Let us suppose you have an Evaluation Version of the Windows Server and you want to convert (upgrade) it to Standard Edition:

Run the Command Prompt as Administrator then type below

C:\> DISM /online /Get-CurrentEdition

C:\> DISM /online /Get-TargetEditions

C:\> DISM /online /Set-Edition:ServerStandard /ProductKey:XXXX-XXXX-XXXX-XXXX-XXXX /AcceptEula

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