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The free trial version of my WS2012R2E (that I downloaded as an .iso file) soon expires. I looked everywhere, but I can't seem to find a way to pay for the non-trial/permanent license to Microsoft directly. The email reminders from Microsoft are not helpful in this regard either.


Any Canadians here?

Did you buy shrink-wrapped software in a store?

Did you have to re-install the server :( ouch

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I think this is true for R2 as well:

Converting evaluation versions of Windows Server 2012 to full retail versions

Most evaluation versions can be converted to full retail versions, but the method varies slightly depending on the edition. Before you attempt to convert the version, verify that your server is actually running an evaluation version. To do this, do either of the following:

  1. From an elevated command prompt, run slmgr.vbs /dlv; evaluation versions will include “EVAL” in the output.
  2. From the Start screen, open Control Panel. Open System and Security, and then System. View Windows activation status in the Windows activation area of the System page. Click View details in Windows activation for more information about your Windows activation status.

If you have already activated Windows, the Desktop shows the time remaining in the evaluation period.

If the server is running a retail version instead of an evaluation version, see the “Upgrading previous licensed versions” section of this document for instructions to upgrade to Windows Server 2012.

For Windows Server 2012 Essentials: You can convert to the full retail version by entering a retail, volume license, or OEM key in the command slmgr.vbs.

If the server is running an evaluation version of Windows Server 2012 Standard or Windows Server 2012 Datacenter, you can convert it to a retail version as follows:

  1. If the server is a domain controller, you cannot convert it to a retail version. In this case, install an additional domain controller on a server that runs a retail version and remove AD DS from the domain controller that runs on the evaluation version. For more information, seehttp://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/hh994618.aspx.
  2. Read the license terms.
  3. 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. The server will restart twice.

For the evaluation version of Windows Server 2012 Standard, you can also convert to the retail version of Windows Server 2012 Datacenter in one step using this same command and the appropriate product key.

IC115537.gifTip For more information about Dism.exe, see http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=192466.


As for buying in CA, I would check:


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And you can only use a license to upgrade to a full version if the server has Internet access. No phone activation.

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