Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Server 2012 R2 Evaluation won't register

Building new server you run into things sometimes that are annoying or weird. One of those can registration and activation. 

Building some new 2012 R2 Standard server and I couldn't register the server. It kept saying the activation code was wrong. 

Well there is a VERY easy fix for this. 

I found it here.

Run this code to change it from evaluation.

DISM /online /Set-Edition:<edition ID> /ProductKey:XXXXX-XXXXX-XXXXX-XXXXX-XXXXX /AcceptEula

Change <edition ID> to the edition you have the licence for eg.

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

You will need to reboot, so keep that in mind. 

The one thing that the source where i found this doesn't tell you is, you still need to activate your server with your key. 

So go to the Server Manager > Local Server > Properties > Click Activate next to Product ID > Enter your information.


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