Second Win Srv 2016 Essentials boots once a week - The Non-domain Member Check problem

We have installed two 2016 Essentials servers as a VM to VMware host using the same serial/license number. The DC works just fine but the other one seems to have a "The Non-domain Member Check " problem.

What can we do to solve this forced weekly boot?

The problematic server has these messages at the event viewer:

Log Name:      Microsoft-Windows-Server Infrastructure Licensing/Operational
Source:        Microsoft-Windows-Server Infrastructure Licensing
Date:          9.1.2018 6.14.48
Event ID:      38
Task Category: None
Level:         Error
Keywords:      
User:          SYSTEM
Computer:      XYZ-VM-NAV.XYZ.local
Description:
The Non-domain Member Check detected a condition in your environment that is out of compliance with the licensing policy. This server will be automatically shut down if the issue is not corrected in 0 day(s) 0 hour(s) 30 minute(s). Please look for additional events for Non-domain Member Check to troubleshoot.

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Log Name:      Microsoft-Windows-Server Infrastructure Licensing/Operational
Source:        Microsoft-Windows-Server Infrastructure Licensing
Date:          9.1.2018 6.44.48
Event ID:      57
Task Category: None
Level:         Error
Keywords:      
User:          SYSTEM
Computer:      XYZ-VM-NAV.XYZ.local
Description:
The Non-domain Member Check policy detected a condition in your environment that is out of compliance with the licensing policy. This server can only be in a workgroup or be a domain controller.
Event Xml:
<Event xmlns="http://schemas.microsoft.com/win/2004/08/events/event">
  <System>
    <Provider Name="Microsoft-Windows-Server Infrastructure Licensing" Guid="{D459C229-4A00-4424-9F63-7325E5AAFA21}" />
    <EventID>57</EventID>
    <Version>0</Version>
    <Level>2</Level>
    <Task>0</Task>
    <Opcode>0</Opcode>
    <Keywords>0x8000000000000000</Keywords>
    <TimeCreated SystemTime="2018-01-09T04:44:48.185365500Z" />
    <EventRecordID>22243</EventRecordID>
    <Correlation />
    <Execution ProcessID="2080" ThreadID="5620" />
    <Channel>Microsoft-Windows-Server Infrastructure Licensing/Operational</Channel>
    <Computer>XYZ-VM-NAV.XYZ.local</Computer>
    <Security UserID="S-1-5-18" />
  </System>
  <EventData>
RimFire007Asked:
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Cliff GaliherCommented:
You cannot have two essentials servers in the same domain. That is a licensing restriction imposed by Microsoft and is an intentional design decision. If you need multiple servers  additional servers must be standard or data center. But not essentials.
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Hello ThereSystem AdministratorCommented:
Essentials has the same restrictions that the old SBS product had.  The server has to hold all FSMO roles, be at the root of the forest and you can't trust other domains. So it means that you cannot have two WS Essential in a domain. HERE

If a violation is found the server will shutdown every 27.67 days (27 days, 16 hours).  Why Microsoft chose 27.67 days, I have no idea.  Before it shuts down though it will warn you.  The events will show up in the Server Infrastructure Licensing log.

I can see only two solution. Put the second Essential to another domain or upgrade (
can be easily upgraded to standard edition with a single command
).

Read these articles: HERE and HERE.
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RimFire007Author Commented:
Thanks.

I was so sure that you can have two installations when having Essentials but apparently it is not true if they are in the same domain.

 So we just purchace a 2016 std license, What license exactly?

This:
    MS 1x Windows Server Standard 2016 64Bit DVD 16 Core English (P73-07113)
or maybe even this (which is a bit cheaper):
   HPE MS WS16 Std ROK EN SW (P00487-B21)

What steps do we need to do to provide the license code to the "XYZ-VM-NAV.XYZ.local" server in order to avoid any hazle?

Any potential CAL issues with this? I believe there are apx. 8 users for the XYZ-VM-NAV.XYZ.local server.
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Hello ThereSystem AdministratorCommented:
It's simple to "inplace" your current WS2016 version. See this.

Yes, you need to buy CALs. Eight CALs in your case.

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Explanation from another discussion:
Nope, you don't start clean. You have a copy of server standard with license key and you do an inplace license change from essentials to standard.  once you do that, you'll need to buy ALL the cals from user 1 through user 25 plus any over 25 users.  no reinstall (but a reboot is required).  all server features continue to work.
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RimFire007Author Commented:
Thanks for quick and prompt answers. I allready closed this since I believe that this is all I need. Order a std license and 5 extra CALs
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Hello ThereSystem AdministratorCommented:
I am glad I could help.
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