You Need to Know : How to Converting existing Windows Server 2012 versions


  Hi all :

  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, you can 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 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.

 

  And press Enter :

 

  Note : About KMS Client setup key , you can find it from : http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/jj612867.aspx

  Press Y and the server will restart twice. When you logon again , the version is converted to Datacenter :

 

 

 

   Enjoy!

   Justin Gao

   Microsoft (China)

 

 

Comments (42)

  1. Anonymous says:

    Hi Roger :
    Could you try to use DISM /Online /Set-Edition:ServerDatacenter /ProductKey: /AcceptEula
    About KMS Client Setup Key, please find it from :
    http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/jj612867.aspx
    Then refer this blog post to convert OS version.

  2. Anonymous says:

    Thanks Ryan. You are right.

  3. Anonymous says:

    Hi Luis C:
    Please use DISM /Online /Set-Edition:ServerStandard /ProductKey:XXXXX-XXXXX-XXXXX-XXXXX-XXXXX /AcceptEula

  4. Anonymous says:

    Hi Raghu:

    You can use Dism /online /get-targeteditions command in Powershell to check your target OS version.

    You can not downgrade Windows Server 2012 Standard Edition to Windows Server 2012 Essentials.

  5. Anonymous says:

    Microsoft has done a Blunder in Windows 2012 that it cannot be activated if you install active Directory on Windows 2012 make it live and then try to activate it license even if the license is genuine 🙁 . My setup is a critical setup of Bank which is online and I cant activate the Active Directory Server License 🙂

  6. Anonymous says:

    Hi Krisna:

    when you need to convert OS edition , you can use this command to check first:

    DISM /Online /Get-TargetEditions

    If your OS edition is Windows Server 2012 Datacenter

    The Output result is:

    ——————————————————————————-

    The current edition cannot be upgraded to any target editions

    ——————————————————————————-

    So the answer is NO. Datacenter can't convert to Standard.

    Another case is,if your host is a Domain Controller , the edition is Standard

    Use DISM /Online /Get-TargetEditions

    The Output result is:

    ——————————————————————————-

    The current edition cannot be upgraded to any target editions

    ——————————————————————————-

    And when you use DISM /Online /Set-Edition:ServerDatacenter /ProductKey:XXXXX-XXXXX-XXXXX-XXXXX-XXXXX /AcceptEula

    The Output result is:

    ——————————————————————————-

    Error: 50

    Changing this Windows edition is not supported online for a domain controller.

    ——————————————————————————-

  7. Anonymous says:

    thanks

  8. EJ says:

    Generous delication and Sharing for the new sophisticated Tech, we would learn more than. Much appreciated,

  9. Krisna says:

    Hi Justin, is it possible also convert from Datacenter to Standard edition ?

  10. Raghu says:

    Hi i have Server 2012 Standard, how can i downgrade to Server 2012 Essentials ?

  11. Gord says:

    Hi Justin,

    I am trying to license my ServerStandardEval.  I have tried your method and is says that "this Windows image cannot upfrade to the ediion of Winsows that was specified. The uprgrade cannot proceed. Run the /Get-TargetEditions"

    When I run the Get-TargetEditions it tells me I can upgrade to standard or datacenter.

    Conflictin information??  Any thoughts?

  12. Justin Gao says:

    Hi Gord:

    I had tried the Windows Server 2012 Standard edition EVAL version convent to 2012 Datacenter full license version is worked.

    Use "DISM /Online /Set-Edition:ServerDatacenter /ProductKey:XXXXX-XXXXX-XXXXX-XXXXX-XXXXX /AcceptEula"

    Are you sure the input license key is right ?

  13. Ryan says:

    Hi Justin,

    I am trying to convert my Server 2012R2 standard Eval (ServerStandardEval) to a licensed copy of the same. This is my command: DISM /online /Set-edition:ServerStandardEval /ProductKey: XXXXX-XXXXX-XXXXX-XXXXX-XXXXX /AcceptEula.

    I receive an error 50 and that I cannot convert my server. Any ideas?

  14. Ryan says:

    Never mind. I realized what I did wrong. I needed to put what my target licensed edition is and not what I currently had. Replaced ServerStandardEval with ServerStandard and it licensed right up.

    Hope this helps someone else!

  15. Luis C says:

    I have win 2012 server Standar Evaluation, and I need to convert in Normal Standar providing a serie, WITHOUT reformat and resintall… how can I do ti?

  16. Roger says:

    I have a valid product key for standard, actually have 2 product keys but I cannot convert my server standard eval to standard. I receive error: 0x8a10001 The specific product key could not be verified. Why cant I license my server? Its past the 180 days
    so it keeps shutting down every hour. any suggestions?

  17. Mike says:

    Thnk you, very good,,, thanks

  18. al rivera says:

    Thanks man for sharing. God Bless you…

  19. Marco Cruz says:

    Hi, If I do the upgrade from WS 2012 Standard R2 to Datacenter, Could I lost my configuration? or my CAL License.

    Thanks

  20. Justin Gao says:

    Hi Marco :
    Upgrade not change your configuration and CAL license.

  21. Marco Cruz says:

    Thanks Justin!

  22. Marco Cruz says:

    Further, If I do the upgrade from WS 2012 Standard R2 to Datacenter, my installed programs Could lose functions?

  23. Justin Gao says:

    No, don’t lose any functions or configuration 🙂

  24. Milton Bliss says:

    Luis C asked my question Justin Gao answer it perfectly. The problem is solved. 2 hours on the telephone to Microsoft gained me the words to Google, convert edition. Thank you VERY MUCH.

  25. mfkennedy says:

    Thank you! Exactly what I was looking for!

  26. VeasnaYim says:

    Hello,
    If that server already added role and promote it to a domain, what is the problem if we convert the Evaluate to Full retail?

    Thanks

  27. Albert Kon says:

    Will this also work for 2008 R2?

  28. Aca says:

    Hi I have Server 2012 Standard in trial mode. Can I convert it to Essentials with new key?.

  29. Danish says:

    How to upgrade the Preview Version into Proper Retail OS of DC Edition. Unable to do so, following is the result:

    DISM /Online /Get-TargetEditions

    OS edition is Windows Server 2012 Datacenter

    The Output result is:

    ——————————————————————————-

    The current edition cannot be upgraded to any target editions

    ——————————————————————————-

  30. Dad says:

    Thats it! This helped me a lot! It worked.
    Even in the MS TechNet-Site they have a wrong syntax (…product-key: instead of …productkey)

  31. Robert says:

    Will this work from Hyper-V Server 2012 R2 (The free Hypervisor from Microsoft) to DataCenter Server 2012 R2?

  32. Justin Gao says:

    Hi VeasnaYim:
    If your host is a Domain Controller , the edition is Standard

    Use DISM /Online /Get-TargetEditions

    The Output result is:

    ——————————————————————————-

    The current edition cannot be upgraded to any target editions

    ——————————————————————————-

    And when you use DISM /Online /Set-Edition:ServerDatacenter /ProductKey:XXXXX-XXXXX-XXXXX-XXXXX-XXXXX /AcceptEula

    The Output result is:

    ——————————————————————————-

    Error: 50

    Changing this Windows edition is not supported online for a domain controller.

    ——————————————————————————-

  33. Justin Gao says:

    Hi Albert Kon:
    Yes, also worked for Windows Server 2008 R2.

  34. Justin Gao says:

    Hi Aca:
    No, you can’t.
    You can not downgrade Windows Server 2012 Standard Edition to Windows Server 2012 Essentials.

  35. Justin Gao says:

    Hi Danish:
    Preview edition isn’t complete edition, so you can’t use this command.

  36. Justin Gao says:

    Hi Robert:
    Essentially, Hyper-V server is a server core edition of the Windows Server OS, and thus all the rules that apply for Windows Server Core installations (such as not being able to be upgraded from server core to full server) applies all the same to Hyper-V server.

  37. paulin momo says:

    Hi I have Server 2012 Standard . i want update to Server 2012 Standard
    pls what cant i type exacly

  38. Robert Peterson says:

    Yes…had to put the target (ServerStandard) to get it to work. Thank you!

  39. paulin momo says:

    sorry . Hi I have Server 2012 Standard . i want update to Server 2012 R2 Standard
    pls what cant i type exacly

  40. Justin Gao says:

    Hi Paulin:
    Please refer this link :
    https://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/dn303416.aspx
    Use upgrade option.

  41. Trisnadi says:

    Hi Justin, thanks for the post. I was almost angry, but then I realized that I type Standar, without the d behind. Its all works now.