How to change your Windows Server 2012 Edition

Upgrade / Downgrade your Window Server 2012 edition (Alan’s SysAdmin Blog)

How to Change Windows Server 2012 Edition

Convert between editions of Windows Server on the fly via DISM (Deployment Image Service & Management)

TechNet documentation on converting between server 2012 versions can be found here

To determine the current edition of Windows Server installed run the following on CMD:

  • DISM /online /Get-CurrentEdition

Get Current Windows Server 2012

To determine which versions the server can be upgraded to run:

  • DISM /online /Get-TargetEditions

Determine which versions the server can be upgraded to run

To complete the conversion between editions we use the DISM command with the following format:

  • DISM /online /Set-Edition:<Version> /ProductKey:XXXXX-XXXXX-XXXXX-XXXXX-XXXXX /AcceptEULA

In the above example the target edition is ServerDatacenter

Set Target edition to ServerDatacenter

A reboot of the server and a check of the server edition reveals that is has indeed been successfully upgraded to DataCenter

Successfully upgraded to DataCenter

Original Blog by Alan’s SysAdmin Blog