How to activate Windows Server 2012 R2 x64 Evaluation as Windows Server 2012 R2 x64 Standard
In case you try to activate a Windows Server 2012 R2 x64 evaluation version, you can not enter the product key of any valid Windows Server 2012 edition. The license manager is explaining: “That key can’t be used to activate this edition of Windows. Please try a different key”. A general error will be displayed if you are using the slmgr -ipk command.
Convert the Evaluation Version to your desired Edition
Open DOS command prompt and enter following commands:
# dism /online /Get-CurrentEdition
# dism /online /Get-TargetEditions
# dism /online /Set-Edition:StandardServer /ProductKey:XXXXX-XXXXX-XXXXX-XXXXX-XXXXX /AcceptEula
Now you should be able to activate Windows Server 2012 R2 x64 Standard
In case you have to do an offline activation by using your phone, you can launch the activation wizard by using following command in your DOS prompt:
# slui 4
For additional ressources please have a look at the related Microsoft TechNet article:
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Thank you. Confirmed Works.