Upgrade an evaluation installation of Configuration Manager to a full installation

Applies to: Configuration Manager (current branch)

If you installed Configuration Manager as an evaluation version, after 180 days the Configuration Manager console becomes read-only. You then need to activate the product from the Site Maintenance page in Setup. At any time before or after the 180-day period, you can upgrade to a full installation.


When you connect a Configuration Manager console to an evaluation installation of Configuration Manager, the window title bar displays the number of days that remain until it expires. The number of days in the window title doesn't automatically refresh. It only updates when you make a new connection to a site.

You can upgrade the following sites that run an evaluation installation:

  • Central administration site (CAS)
  • Primary site

Configuration Manager doesn't consider secondary sites as evaluation installations. So after you upgrade a primary parent site to a full installation, you don't need to modify a secondary site.


To upgrade an evaluation version to a licensed version, you need the following requirements:

  • A valid product license key to use during the upgrade.

  • Administrator rights on the site server.


  1. On the site server, run .\BIN\X64\Setup.exe from the Configuration Manager installation folder. Use this copy of Setup because site maintenance options aren't available when you run Setup from source media.

  2. On the Before You Begin page, select Next.

  3. On the Getting Started page, select Perform site maintenance or reset the Site, and then select Next.

  4. On the Site Maintenance page, select Upgrade the evaluation edition to a licensed edition. Then enter a valid product key, and select Next.

  5. On the Microsoft Software License Terms page, read and accept the license terms, and then select Next.

  6. On the Configuration page, select Close to complete the wizard.


Until you reconnect the console to the site, the title bar might indicate that the site is still an evaluation version.

Next steps

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