Convert your Windows Server 2016 Evaluation To Retail KMS or MAK

Windows Server 2016 is out out but for now you can only download the evalution version:

Volume licensing customers will be able to download fully licensed software at General Availability in mid-October.

Announcing the launch of Windows Server 2016

But you can already find the KMS client keys on:

https://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/jj612867(v=ws.11).aspx

And if you seach you cab already find your official keys on your companies Volume Licensing Service Center Page. Look under Licenses, Relationship summary, Select your active ID, select the licenses tab.

You can now follow the procedure described here to change the edition to retail:

https://technet.microsoft.com/windows-server-docs/get-started/supported-upgrade-paths

For example if you are running ServerStandardEval you can convert it to ServerStandard with the KMS client key using the following command:

DISM /online /Set-Edition:ServerStandard /ProductKey:WC2BQ-8NRM3-FDDYY-2BFGV-KHKQY /AcceptEula

After:

PS C:\Windows\system32> DISM /online /Get-CurrentEdition

Deployment Image Servicing and Management tool
Version: 10.0.14393.0

Image Version: 10.0.14393.0

Current edition is:

Current Edition : ServerStandard

The operation completed successfully.
PS C:\Windows\system32> cscript slmgr.vbs /dlv
Microsoft (R) Windows Script Host Version 5.812
Copyright (C) Microsoft Corporation. All rights reserved.

Software licensing service version: 10.0.14393.0

Name: Windows(R), ServerStandard edition
Description: Windows(R) Operating System, VOLUME_KMSCLIENT channel
Activation ID: 8c1c5410-9f39-4805-8c9d-63a07706358f
Application ID: 55c92734-d682-4d71-983e-d6ec3f16059f
Extended PID: 03612-03776-000-000000-03-2067-14393.0000-2742016
Product Key Channel: Volume:GVLK
Installation ID: 088224353018413785580864401670255613166856076945328878763025446
Partial Product Key: KHKQY
License Status: Notification
Notification Reason: 0xC004F056.
Remaining Windows rearm count: 1001
Remaining SKU rearm count: 1001
Trusted time: 30/09/2016 12:56:01
Configured Activation Type: All
Please use slmgr.vbs /ato to activate and update KMS client information in order to update values.


PS C:\Windows\system32>

 

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