Windows Server 2016/2019 Trial License limitations or missing features?

James Fry
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Are there any limitations or rextrictions to using a trial version of Windows Server 2016/2019 Standard X64.  I have to stand up a couple servers for Active Directory, NPS, DNS, DHCP, File Services, Print etc.very soon, but the approval for the purchase takes some bureaucratic time.  I'm wanting to know if I can install it, and then in a week or so when the purchase is approved, buy the full license and apply it to the trial version.

Any gotcha's with this that I'm not thinking of?
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There have been isolated activation issues with trial. Usually they can be worked around. But there are e Pugh incidents where they can't thay I'd consider it a risk.  Also. Last I checked the trial is not licensed for production workloads, only testing.  Not even for a day.

So from both a legal and technical standpoint, my advice is to wait until you have licensed media.
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"e Pugh" = "enough" ?
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Aye.  I blame the phone.
Lee W, MVPTechnology and Business Process Advisor
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Can't speak to the legal issues you MIGHT face.  But as I recall, there's one role (Active Directory) that cannot be converted from trial to production.  

For more info, see:
http://woshub.com/how-to-upgrade-windows-server-2016-evaluation-to-full-version/

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