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I installed a new server in my LAB using evaluation iso and now I would like to convert this server to the full version. This article will provide step-by-step guide for this easy procedure.

In order to complete this instruction you must have the following:

  1. Windows Server installed using server evaluation iso.
  2. Valid and legal Windows Server key

The upgrade steps are the following

  1. Login to the server console you want to convert to the full retail version.
  2. Verify that this server is running an evaluation version. To do this, do either of the following:
    • Easy – Hit the Windows Key and type in System and select Settings from search or…
    • GUI – Graphical User Interface – From the Start screen, open Control Panel. Open System and Security, and then System. View Windows activation status in the Windows activation area of the System page. Click View details in Windows activation for more information about your Windows activation status.
    • CUI – Character User Interface – From an elevated command prompt, run slmgr.vbs /dlv; evaluation versions will include “EVAL” in the output.
      Figure 1

      Figure 1

  3. From an elevated command prompt do the following:
    • Determine the current edition name with the command DISM /online /Get-CurrentEdition.