Windows Server 2019 Datacenter what happen after 180 days trial?

harriz danial 1 Reputation point

What happened after trial 180 days expired for Microsoft Windows Server 2019 Datacenter in HyperV. After expiration do i need to buy the license and can continue the product as usual or i need to buy the license and reinstall all the service back?

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  1. Jenny Feng 14,111 Reputation points

    @harriz danial

    The evaluation versions of Windows Server are valid for 180 days by default and can be extended.

    To extend the evaluation period the following steps can be used:
    Open an elevated command prompt (cmd)
    Enter the following command:
    cscript.exe %windir%\system32\slmgr.vbs /dlv

    The Windows Server evaluation version can be used for 3 years.
    To rearm use the following command:
    cscript.exe %windir%\system32\slmgr.vbs /rearm

    Restart the system
    After the restart the evaluation period is extended for another 180 days

    Hope above information can help you.


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  2. Kapil Arya 7,411 Reputation points MVP


    After trail is expired, you may notice these things:

    • System would ask for activation and shuts down every hour.
    • You may see Windows license expiration notice on a regular basis.

    I believe, you can extend trail after 180 days. Check this post (applies to Server 2019 as well):


    Note: Included link in this reply refers to blog post by a trusted Microsoft MVP.

  3. Dave Patrick 426.1K Reputation points MVP

    You can do either but better option is to license it before beginning configurations. Especially a domain controller. Converting an evaluation to full is not supported once the active directory role has been added.

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