In System Center 2012 Configuration Manager it is really easy to upgrade an installation that was made using the Evaluation option when you installed it to a fully licensed installation by simply entering the Product key. This it useful in so many scenarios.
It is done by using the “Configuration Manager Setup” which can be found on the Start menu or by simply running install from the installation source.
When the setup starts select the “Perform site maintenance or reset this Site” in the following wizard you can convert the installation from an evaluation to a fully licensed installation.
Here is a step-by-step guide:
- Start Configuration Manager Setup either from the start menu or the installation source.
- Select the “Perform site maintenance or reset Site” option
- Then you get the option to “Convert from Evaluation to Full Product Version. Enter your 25-character product key:”
- In the next screen accept the license agreement
It is truly a great feature that is so easy to convert from an installation using the Evaluation License to a Licensed product, it makes Proof-of-concepts much easier to perform and afterwards upgrade the environment to a licensed product in minutes.