Wednesday, May 01, 2013

You must either run windows server 2012 setup or enter a windows server 2012 standard evaluation product key

Server Manager throws "You must either run windows server 2012 setup or enter a windows server 2012 standard evaluation product key" when attempting to activate an Evaluation version of Windows Server 2012 using a valid Product Key.


The following workaround solved the above for me:
!!!WARNING!!! Windows Product Activation on an Evaluation Edition running as a Domain Controller is *UNSUPORTED*, Demote the machine first and then run the steps below. Re-promote the machine back to Domain Controller afterwards. If this is your *ONLY* Domain Controller, this might be the right time to deploy a second unit...
  1. Run Command Prompt in Elevated Mode
  2. Run the following: "DISM /online /Set-Edition:ServerStandard /ProductKey:XXXXX-XXXXX-XXXXX-XXXXX-XXXXX /AcceptEula"
  3. DISM will request for a system restart... choose Y(es) and restart the server.
  4. After boot-up, run the following: "cscript C:\windows\system32\slmgr.vbs -ato"
*replace XXXXX-XXXXX-XXXXX-XXXXX-XXXXX with the valid Product Key

1 comment:

Amit said...

Thanks a lot!!

This worked for me - however I had to use "cscript.exe" instead of just "cscript"

-Amit