Thursday, September 24, 2015

WD Sentinel DS6100: Transitioning to Windows Server 2012 R2 Standard from Essentials

The WD Sentinel DS6100 comes preinstalled with Windows Server 2012 R2 Essentials and is aimed at small businesses as a first-server solution. Windows Server Essentials has a 25 user limit. If you have the correct licensing, you can transition from Windows Server Essentials to Windows Server 2012 R2 Standard, unlocking the all the features in the Standard edition such as a higher user limit and Hyper-V.

To perform the transition (sometimes called "transmog"), open a command prompt on your server and enter in the following command.

Dism /Online /Set-Edition:ServerStandard /AcceptEula /ProductKey:<Product Key>


In our example, we are using a publicised KMS Client Setup Key. Remember to use your own product key. The transmog process takes several minutes. For more information about this process, you can see the following articles from TechNet;
  1. Transition from Windows Server 2012 Essentials to Windows Server 2012 Standard
  2. Transition from Windows Server 2012 R2 Essentials to Windows Server 2012 R2 Standard

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