Changing Product Key for Windows Server 2008 R2 Technet version to production.
I have a virtual running Windows Server 2008 R2 from Technet. Can I buy the production version and chnage the key?
October 11th, 2011 11:58am

Yes, run the following from an elevated command prompt: slmgr /ckms slmgr /upk slmgr /ipk <PRODUCT KEY> slmgr /ato A+, Net+, Sec+, MCP, MCTS, VCP4, VCP5
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October 11th, 2011 12:51pm

Hi, What TechNet version do you mean, OEM, evaluation or retail version? If this is a Windows Server 2008 R2 evaluation version, it is unsupported to upgrade to a full version or to change the product key to a full version. For more information, please refer to the following Microsoft KB article: Windows Server 2008 R2 evaluation version http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2021579 If this is a Windows Server 2008 R2 OEM version, it is recommended to contact the OEM vendor to confirm this question due to some OEM versions are licensed based on the BIOS brands. If this is a retail version, you may also change the product key by navigating to Control Panel\System and Security\System and clicking Change product key. For more licensing related issues, you’d better contact Microsoft licensing team. In the United States and Canada, you may call the licensing team directly at 1-800-426-9400 (select option 4), Monday through Friday, 6:00 A.M. to 5:30 P.M. (PST) to speak directly to a Microsoft licensing specialist. In this way, you will know the detailed information about license. Worldwide customers can use the Guide to Worldwide Microsoft Licensing Sites http://www.microsoft.com/licensing/worldwide.aspx to find contact information in their locations. Thank you for your understanding! Regards, Please remember to click Mark as Answer on the post that helps you, and to click Unmark as Answer if a marked post does not actually answer your question. This can be beneficial to other community members reading the thread.
October 13th, 2011 1:02pm

Hi, What TechNet version do you mean, OEM, evaluation or retail version? If this is a Windows Server 2008 R2 evaluation version, it is unsupported to upgrade to a full version or to change the product key to a full version. For more information, please refer to the following Microsoft KB article: Windows Server 2008 R2 evaluation version http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2021579 If this is a Windows Server 2008 R2 OEM version, it is recommended to contact the OEM vendor to confirm this question due to some OEM versions are licensed based on the BIOS brands. If this is a retail version, you may also change the product key by navigating to Control Panel\System and Security\System and clicking Change product key. For more licensing related issues, you’d better contact Microsoft licensing team. In the United States and Canada, you may call the licensing team directly at 1-800-426-9400 (select option 4), Monday through Friday, 6:00 A.M. to 5:30 P.M. (PST) to speak directly to a Microsoft licensing specialist. In this way, you will know the detailed information about license. Worldwide customers can use the Guide to Worldwide Microsoft Licensing Sites http://www.microsoft.com/licensing/worldwide.aspx to find contact information in their locations. Thank you for your understanding! Regards, Please remember to click Mark as Answer on the post that helps you, and to click Unmark as Answer if a marked post does not actually answer your question. This can be beneficial to other community members reading the thread.
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October 13th, 2011 1:02pm

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