Windows : Convert Server 2016 Standard to Datacenter

By | July 5, 2017

Windows evolved a lot in the last years, what was once a headache for system administrators is now behind us since a few years. Microsoft now allow to convert a installed Windows Server 2016 Standard to Datacenter without having to re-install.

To achieve this, you will need to have in hand your Windows Server 2016 Datacenter product key.

1. Open the command prompt with elevated privileges

2. Enter the following command :

dism /online /Set-Edition:ServerDatacenter /ProductKey:Datacenter-Product-Key /AcceptEula

Example :

dism /online /Set-Edition:ServerDatacenter /ProductKey:00000-00000-00000-00000-00000 /AcceptEula

Output example :

C:\Windows\system32>dism /online /Set-Edition:ServerDatacenter /ProductKey:00000-00000-00000-00000-00000 /AcceptEula

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