In this article, we will go through the steps required to convert a Windows Server 2019 Datacenter Evaluation edition to a Datacenter full version. The process for upgrading Windows Server 2019 standard evaluation to retail is the same as this one.
If you have installed the Evaluation version of Windows Server 2019, you can use full features of newly released Windows Server for 180 days. After the trial period of 180 days expires, the server will start asking for activation and automatically turns off after every one hour.
If you try to activate Windows Server 2019 Eval copy by specifying the KMS key or the Retail/MAK activation key for the RTM version, you will get an error message saying “This edition cannot be upgraded”. To overcome this problem you have to use DISM command to specify the Key.
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For more information, you can read the official documentation about the upgrade and conversion options for Windows Server 2019:
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