Change Windows 2012 (DC) Eval version to retail version
Posted on 2015-02-15
I have a WIndows 2012 server with ADDS, FAX server, File server, DNS role and the server is running in Eval mode. When I called Microsoft to buy retail version they said I have to reinstall Windows 2012.
Would it be possible to transfer FSMO role temporarily to X86 architecture Win 2003 server. Demote main server cleanup metadata and reinstall service and transfer back to main server? If role transfer is not an option between X86 and 64 bit, then I am thinking about -
Installing Hyperv on existing Eval server.
Create Virtual machine with another eval version of 2012 on expiring host.
Install ADDS / DNS on guest VM.
Transfer all FSMO roles.
Remove ADDS and DNS on host machine.
clean up metadata from ADSS, DNS, ADDS.
Not sure, if I need to unjoin or rejoin to the host to domain If it would be able to autheticate to guest DC to join back.
If not just install license with DISM command.
Reinstall all roles and transfer it back again and decomission guest VM after removing roles from guest VM.
Appreciate your help and suggestion.