Upgrade Windows Server 2019 Evaluation to Full Version

I recently ran into an issue where I wanted to test a deployment using Windows Server 2019 Storage Migration Service feature. It turns out an Evaluation installation does not support storage migration service and it will not appears to be missing in the Windows Admin Center.

I needed to upgrade Windows Server 2019 Evaluation to Standard edition. which is fortunately very easy!

First open up a Powershell window and run as Administrator.

Enter the following command:

DISM /Online /Set-Edition:ServerStandard /ProductKey:N69G4-B89J2-4G8F4-WWYCC-J464C /AcceptEula

DISM will proceed to make the required changes and will request a reboot. Press Y to reboot the server.

Once the server has rebooted, log back in and open up Powershell again and type:

DISM /Online /Get-CurrentEdition

Congratulations you now have standard edition installed!

Please leave a comment if you found this useful 🙂

Author: Ian@SlashAdmin

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  1. Brilliant, works perfectly and then allows for our key to be entered for activation. Thank you!

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    • Worked for me – great time saver compared with reinstall

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  2. Thanks for the post. It really helped out.

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  3. Saved us a lot of hassle! Thanks for sharing.

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  4. Saved us a lot of hassle!

    Thanks for sharing.

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  5. Thanks for the post. It’s work out for me.

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  6. Thank you very much 🙂

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  7. Hello.

    I’m doing this for the first time, (real noob) so i prefer to ask so i don’t make any mistakes. When we run the first command:

    DISM /Online /Set-Edition:ServerStandard /ProductKey:N69G4-B89J2-4G8F4-WWYCC-J464C /AcceptEula

    here we place our own key right?
    DISM /Online /Set-Edition:ServerStandard /ProductKey:XXXXX-XXXXX-XXXXX-XXXXX-XXXXX /AcceptEula

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    • Hi, You can then if it works great but if not use the key i’ve posted first then reboot and try it again with your own key.

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    • Yes Depends Upon Edition of Windows

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  8. You are a lovely person!! Thanks very much for sharing this. Eval-> VLS -> MAK…!

    So once you’ve gone to VLSC and rebooted you can then go to MAK from a retail copy. Something I ‘d been told couldn’t be done. You’ve saved me two days work at least.


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  9. Could I use the same procedure even if the server is joined to a domain ?
    Thanks a bunch !!!

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    • Yes worked for me fine.

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  10. thanks a lot, it’s very useful

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  11. Thank you!! Worked like a charm

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  12. Works great!
    Quick and easy!
    Thank you!

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