Time for another quick tip. In case you hadn’t guessed already, I really like Essentials. You get quite a few features for a much better price than Standard edition. There are some limitations though with Essentials. The good news is that the server can later be upgraded to Standard and the process only takes a few minutes. On the flip side, a standard license has to be purchased.
Let’s walk through the upgrade process.
- Purchase a Windows Server Standard license
- Open an administrative PowerShell command
- Run the following command to verify the target edition:
dism /online /Get-TargetEditions
You should see Target Edition : ServerStandard or something similar
- Run the following command to complete the upgrade:
dism /online /Set-Edition:ServerStandard /ProductKey:XXXXX-XXXXX-XXXXX-XXXXX-XXXXX /AcceptEula
Change the edition and product key to match the ones you have.
You should see output similar to below. Reboot when prompted. (I have updated this picture. It is 2019 Essentials.)
I hope you found this informative. If you have any comments or suggestions, please leave them below.