I made a big mistake here and need some help correcting. I installed and setup a server 2012 standard edition eval, registered it and I now have like 170 days to activate it. I have my purchased activation code. but when I enter it i get an error that I cant activated and must run windows setup. So I did some research and found this from MS.
If the server is running an evaluation version of Windows Server 2012 Standard or Windows Server 2012 Datacenter, you can convert it to a retail version as follows:
1. If the server is a domain controller, you cannot convert it to a retail version. In this case, install an additional domain controller on a server that runs a retail version and remove AD DS from the domain controller that runs on the evaluation version. For more information, see http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/hh994618.aspx
2. Read the license terms.
3. From an elevated command prompt, determine the current edition name with the command DISM /online /Get-CurrentEdition. Make note of the edition ID, an abbreviated form of the edition name. Then run DISM /online /Set-Edition:<edition ID> /ProductKey:XXXXX-XXXXX-XX
XXXXX /AcceptEula, providing the edition ID and a retail product key. The server will restart twice.
My server I setup is a domain controller. What is the process I should take to resolve. The server I setup is a vm running in exsi so I need to setup another server in the vm as a domain controller. Once I have the new server setup what is the process of promoting the new server as the primary ? I then can remove AD from the eval server and then I can activate it. Can I then add AD back to the orginal server and remove the newly created?