Server 2022 Standard Eval - convert to Essentials

wfit 11 Reputation points
2022-11-01T10:34:17.12+00:00

Hello,

with Server 2019 I usually set up machines before I got the product key from the reseller, for this I downloaded the ISO from the evaluation center and then activated it via dism online.

Since I did not find an ISO for Server 2022 Essentials and I read that it's no different from the Standard version I thought it is maybe the same. Obviously I didn't do my research well.

So here I am, having a perfectly fine and finished set up Server 2022 Standard Eval and can't activate it with the Server 2022 Essentials key I got. Since Google is telling me I am the only one that made this mistake, I wanted to ask if there is any way to convert the Server 2022 Standard Eval to a Server 2022 Essentials? Or do I need to reinstall it from scratch?

dism doesn't work, same for the usual Windows activation:
If I do have to reinstall it, does anyone know where to get the Essentials-iso from?
Thank you!

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  1. Dave Patrick 426.3K Reputation points MVP
    2022-11-01T14:54:35.013+00:00

    You'll likely need to use licensed installation media.

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  2. Dave Patrick 426.3K Reputation points MVP
    2022-11-01T21:43:12.083+00:00

    Boot from the install media and enter in the product key here.

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